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(a-pen'diks) ('di-sez) plural.appendixesplural.appendices [L. appendix, appendage, addition]
An appendage, esp. the appendix vermiformis. Synonym: appendage See: digestive system and omentum for illus

atrial appendix

A small muscular pouch attached to each atrium of the heart.

ensiform appendix

An obsolete term for the xiphoid process of the sternum.

appendix epididymidis

A cystic structure attached to the epididymis, It is a vestigial remnant of the mesonephric duct.

appendix epiploica

Any of numerous pouches of the peritoneum, filled with fat and attached to the colon.

appendix testis

A small bladder-like structure at the upper end of the testis . It ia a vestigial remnant of the cephalic portion of the müllerian duct

ventricular appendix

Laryngeal saccule.

vermiform appendix

A long, narrow, worm-shaped tube connected to the back of the cecum. It varies in length from less than 1 in to more than 8 in (2.5 to 20.3 cm) with an average of about 3 in (7.6 cm). Its distal end is closed. It is lined with mucosa similar to that of the large intestine. The appendix contains many lymph nodules. It is commonly referred to simply as the appendix. Synonym: vermiform process

appendix vermiformis

See: vermiform appendix

vesicular appendix

A cystic structure attached to the fimbriated end of the uterine tube. It is a vestigial remnant of the mesonephric duct.

xiphoid appendix

An obsolete term for the xiphoid process.
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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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The appendixes provide more detail than was warranted in the main body of the manual.
Among 100 control patients in his study, 37 appendixes were ovoid, 33 were round, and 30 were partly ovoid and partly round.