from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of cecum.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A blind pouch connected to the large intestine between the ileum and the colon.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A cavity open at one end, as the blind end of a canal or duct.
  • n. The blind part of the large intestine beyond the entrance of the small intestine; -- called also the blind gut.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In human anatomy, the blind pouch or cul-de-sac which is the beginning of the colon, into which the ileum opens, and to which the vermiform appendage is attached.
  • n. In zoology, any cæcal diverticulum or intestinal appendage ending in a cul-de-sac.
  • n. [capitalized] [NL.] The typical genus of the family Cæcidæ.
  • n. In starfishes, the bifurcated multilobular prolongations of the pyloric region of the stomach, the walls being glandular and secreting a digestive fluid.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the cavity in which the large intestine begins and into which the ileum opens


Latin (ininum) caecum ‘blind gut’, translation of Greek τυφλόν ἔντερον. (Wiktionary)



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