Pertaining to the caecum (also spelled cecum), the first portion of the large bowel, situated in the lower right quadrant of the abdomen. The caecum receives fecal material from the small bowel (ileum) which opens into it. The appendix is attached to the cecum. The word "caecum" comes from the Latin "caecus" meaning "blind." This refers to the fact that the bottom of the caecum is a blind pouch (a cul de sac) leading nowhere.

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  • caecal — caecal, ale, aux adj. Du caecum. Inflammation de l appendice caecal, ou appendicite …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • caecal — caecal; ret·ro·caecal; …   English syllables

  • Caecal — C[ae] cal, a. (Anat.) [1913 Webster] 1. Of or pertaining to the c[ae]cum, or blind gut. [1913 Webster] 2. Having the form of a c[ae]cum, or bag with one opening; baglike; as, the c[ae]cal extremity of a duct. [1913 Webster] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • caecal — caecal, ale (sé kal, ka l ) adj. Terme d anatomie. Qui appartient au caecum …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • caecal — caecum (US cecum) ► NOUN (pl. caeca) ▪ a pouch connected to the junction of the small and large intestines. DERIVATIVES caecal adjective. ORIGIN from Latin intestinum caecum blind gut …   English terms dictionary

  • caecal — variant of cecal …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • caecal — adjective Of or pertaining to the caecum …   Wiktionary

  • caecal — adj. pertaining to the caecum (part of the large intestine) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • caecal — adjective of or like a cecum • Syn: ↑cecal • Pertains to noun: ↑cecum, ↑cecum (for: ↑cecal) • Derivationally related forms: ↑caecum, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • CAECAL, ALE — adj. T. d’Anatomie Qui appartient au cÆcum. Appendice cÆcal …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

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