Definition of cecum in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsēkəm/
(British caecum)

noun (plural ceca /-kə/)

A pouch connected to the junction of the small and large intestines.
Example sentences
  • The digestive tract was removed from each specimen and dissected it into the upper digestive tract, gizzard, small intestine, ceca, large intestine, liver, and pancreas.
  • Total digestive tract mass was the summed masses of the upper digestive tract, gizzard, small intestine, ceca, and large intestine.
  • In the right lower quadrant you are feeling mainly for the terminal ileum, the cecum, and the ascending colon, and for the descending colon in the left.



Pronunciation: /ˈsēkəl/
Example sentences
  • The artery may also arise from the ileal, posterior cecal, or anterior cecal branch of the ileocecal artery.
  • The ‘volcano sign’ described endoscopically is seen as a ‘vortical fold’ pattern on barium studies, which is the concentric ring appearance of the cecal mucosal folds as they approach the obstructed appendiceal orifice.
  • Through a midline laparotomy, the cecal and ileocecal junction was identified.


Late Middle English: from Latin (intestinum) caecum 'blind (gut)', translation of Greek tuphlon enteron.

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Syllabification: ce·cum

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