vermiform appendix


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appendix

 [ah-pen´diks] (pl. appen´dices, appendixes) (L.)
1. a slender outgrowth or appendage.
2. a small appendage near the juncture of the small intestine and the large intestine (ileocecal valve). An apparently useless structure, it can be the source of a serious illness, appendicitis. Called also vermiform appendix. adj., adj appendic´eal.
vermiform appendix appendix (def. 2).

ap·pen·dix

, gen.

ap·pen·di·cis

, pl.

ap·pen·di·ces

,

ap·pen·dix·es

(ă-pen'diks, -di-sis, -di-sēs, -dik-sĕz),
1. An appendage or appendixlike structure.
2. A wormlike intestinal diverticulum extending from the blind end of the cecum; it varies in length and ends in a blind extremity. Synonym(s): appendix vermiformis [TA], appendix ceci, processus vermiformis, vermiform appendage, vermiform appendix, vermiform process, vermix
[L. appendage, fr. ap-pendo, to hang something on]

vermiform appendix

n.
A narrow, tubelike sac in some mammals, including humans, that projects from the cecum of the large intestine. Also called vermiform process.

vermiform appendix

Etymology: L, vermis + forma, form, appendix, appendage
a wormlike blunt process extending from the cecum. Its length varies from 7 to 15 cm, and its diameter is about 1 cm. Also called appendix vermiformis, cecal appendix, mesoappendix. See also appendicitis.

ver·mi·form ap·pen·dix

(vĕr'mi-fōrm ă-pen'diks)
A wormlike intestinal diverticulum extending from the blind end of the cecum; it varies in length and ends in a blind extremity.
Synonym(s): appendix vermiformis [TA] .

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Patient discussion about vermiform appendix

Q. What Causes Acute Appendicitis? I've heard that appendicitis is a very common situation. What causes it to happen? Is there a way to avoid it?

A. Appendicitis is caused by an infection of the appendix, usually from bacterias that are already located in the abdomen. It is not a situation that can be avoided and can occur in a high prevalence in the population.

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In their classic work The Vermiform Appendix and its Diseases (2) Kelly and Hurdon examined 54 human embryos to explain the origin and development of the appendix.
Intestinal spirochetosis of the vermiform appendix.
The presence of the vermiform appendix within an inguinal hernia was first described by Claudius Amyand in 1736.