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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]

appendix

(ə-pĕn′dĭks)
n. pl. appen·dices (-dĭ-sēz′) or appen·dixes
Anatomy Any of several supplementary or accessory parts of a bodily organ or structure, especially the vermiform appendix of the large intestine.

ap·pen·dix

, pl. appendixes, appendices (ă-pendiks, -dik-sĕz, -di-sēz) [TA]
1. Synonym(s): appendage.
2. A wormlike intestinal diverticulum extending from the blind end of the cecum; it varies in length and ends in a blind extremity.
[L. appendage, fr. ap-pendo, to hang something on]

appendix

1. The worm-like structure attached to the CAECUM at the beginning of the large intestine and known as the vermiform appendix.
2. An APPENDAGE.
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Fig. 42 Appendix . Location of appendix.

appendix

or

vermiform appendix

a small fingerlike projection from the tip of the CAECUM in the mammalian gut.

In herbivores the caecum and appendix are important, containing bacteria which facilitate the digestion of cellulose. In humans and other non-herbivores the caecum and appendix have no function. The appendix can become infected and must be removed surgically (appendectomy) if in this condition.

Appendix

The worm-shaped pouch attached to the cecum, the beginning of the large intestine.

ap·pen·dix

, pl. appendixes, appendices (ă-pendiks, -dik-sĕz, -di-sēz) [TA]
An appendage or appendixlike structure.
[L. appendage, fr. ap-pendo, to hang something on]

Patient discussion about 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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