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cecum

 [se´kum]
1. caecum.

ce·cum

, pl.

ce·ca

(sē'kŭm, sē'kă), [TA]
1. The cul-de-sac, about 6 cm in depth, lying below the terminal ileum, forming the first part of the large intestine. Synonym(s): blind gut, intestinum cecum, typhlon
2. Any similar structure ending in a cul-de-sac.
Synonym(s): caecum, intestinal cecum
[L. ntr. of caecus, blind]

cecum

/ce·cum/ (se´kum)
1. the first part of the large intestine, forming a dilated pouch distal to the ileum and proximal to the colon, and giving off the vermiform appendix.

cecum

also

caecum

(sē′kəm)
n. pl. ce·ca (-kə)
1. Anatomy The large pouch at the beginning of the large intestine, located in the lower right-hand side of the abdomen. Also called blind gut.
2. A sac or bodily cavity with only one opening.

ce′cal adj.
ce′cal·ly adv.

cecum

[sē′kəm]
Etymology: L, caecus, blind, blind gut
a pouchlike structure or cul-de-sac constituting the first part of the large intestine. It is inferior to the junction of the ascending colon and joins the ileum, the last segment of the small intestine, at the ileocecal valve.
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Carcinoma of the cecum

caecum

A pouched structure which is the first portion of the colon, located in the right lower quadrant of the abdomen. It is directly contiguous with the ileum via the ileocaecal valve and, externally, is the point of attachment of the appendix.

ce·cum

, pl. ceca (sē'kŭm, -kă) [TA]
1. The cul-de-sac, about 6 cm in depth, lying below the terminal ileum forming the first part of the large intestine.
2. Any similar structure ending in a cul-de-sac.
Synonym(s): caecum.
[L. ntr. of caecus blind]

Cecum

The beginning of the large intestine and the place where the appendix attaches to the intestinal tract.

ce·cum

, pl. ceca (sē'kŭm, -kă) [TA]
1. The cul-de-sac, about 6 cm in depth, lying below the terminal ileum and forming first part of large intestine.
2. Any similar structure ending in a cul-de-sac.
Synonym(s): caecum.
[L. ntr. of caecus blind]

cecum (sē´kəm),

n a cul-de-sac constituting the first part of the large intestine. It forms the junction between the ileum and the large intestine.

cecum

1. the first or proximal part of the large intestine, forming a dilated pouch distal to the ileum and proximal to the colon. There is a great deal of variation in the relative size between species. The dog's cecum is a small, coiled organ. In the horse it is a very large fermentation chamber stretching from the upper right flank to the xiphoid process of the sternum. Birds are different again. They have a double cecum which appears to compensate digestively for the absence of a significant colon.
2. any blind pouch. See also cecal.

cecum cupulare
one of the blind ends of the cochlear duct of the inner ear; attached to the cupula of the cochlea.
cecum vestibulare
the other blind end of the cochlear duct of the inner ear; begins in the cochlear recess of the vestibule of the osseous labyrinth.

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