The cecum (also spelled caecum), the first portion of the large bowel, situated in the lower right quadrant of the abdomen. The cecum receives fecal material from the small bowel (ileum) which opens into it. The appendix is attached to the cecum. The word "cecum" comes from the Latin "caecus" meaning "blind." This refers to the fact that the bottom of the cecum is a blind pouch (a cul de sac) leading nowhere.
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1. The cul-de-sac, about 6 cm in depth, lying below the terminal ileum forming the first part of the large intestine. SYN: blind gut, intestinum c., typhlon. 2. Any similar structure ending in a cul-de-sac. SYN: caecum. [L. ntr. of caecus, blind]
- cupular c. of the cochlear duct [TA] the upper blind extremity of the cochlear duct. SYN: c. cupulare [TA], cupular blind sac, lagena (1).
- c. cupulare [TA] SYN: cupular c. of the cochlear duct.
- vestibular c. of the cochlear duct [TA] the lower extremity of the cochlear duct, occupying the cochlear recess in the vestibule. SYN: c. vestibulare [TA], vestibular blind sac.
- c. vestibulare [TA] SYN: vestibular c. of the cochlear duct.

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ce·cum or chiefly Brit cae·cum 'sē-kəm n, pl ce·ca or chiefly Brit cae·ca -kə a cavity open at one end (as the blind end of a duct) esp the blind pouch at the beginning of the large intestine into which the ileum opens from one side and which is continuous with the colon

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ce·cum (seґkəm) [L. caecum blind, blind gut] 1. any blind pouch or cul-de-sac. 2. caecum.

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