Definition of cecum in English:

cecum

Syllabification: ce·cum
Pronunciation: /ˈsēkəm
 
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(British caecum)

noun (plural ceca /-kə/)

Anatomy
  • A pouch connected to the junction of the small and large intestines.
    More 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.

Derivatives

cecal

adjective
More 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.

Origin

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

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