cecum, caecum, blind gut
(noun) the cavity in which the large intestine begins and into which the ileum opens; “the appendix is an offshoot of the cecum”
Source: WordNet® 3.1
plural of caecum
Cæ"ca, n. pl.
Definition: See Cæcum.
Cæ"cum, n.; pl. Cæcums, L. Cæca. Etym: [L. caecus blind, invisible, concealed.] (Anat.) (a) A cavity open at one end, as the blind end of a canal or duct. (b) The blind part of the large intestine beyond the entrance of the small intestine; -- called also the blind gut.
Note: The cæcum is comparatively small in man, and ends in a slender portion, the vermiform appendix; but in herbivorous mammals it is often as large as the rest of the large intestine. In fishes there are often numerous intestinal cæca.
Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition
14 June 2021
(noun) a thin flexible tube inserted into the body to permit introduction or withdrawal of fluids or to keep the passageway open
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