from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Variant of cecum.
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- 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
The caecum is a branch or diverticulum of the intestine, ending in a cul-de-sac, and is extremely long in many of the lower vegetable-feeding mammals.
The caecum is the enlarged appendix (although it would be more accurate to say our appendix is a residual caecum) of birds, and grouse regularly empty theirs, leaving small green cowpies wherever they've been, which quickly turn into small black cowpies upon exposure to air.
The caecum is a large blind pouch that has a capacity of about seven gallons.
Dorsal to the gizzard the section cuts the so-called caecum, _ce_,
The atrophied end of the caecum is the famous rudimentary organ, the vermiform appendix.
Often given the prefix "vermiform" because of its worm-like appearance, the appendix is a finger-like protrusion from a part of the bowel called the caecum.
These balls (caecotrophs) are formed in the blind gut (caecum) and are of vital importance to rabbits and hares, particularly in times of food shortage.32 Immediately after the balls have been excreted, they are eaten and digested for a second time in a special section of the stomach.
The human appendix is a vestigial remnant of the caecum.
The irritation and inflammation in the appendix will subside once the waste matter in the caecum has moved to the colon and eliminated and surgery for appendix will no longer become necessary.
An excessive amount of waste material consisting of toxins and poisons is accumulated in the caecum.