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caecum


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Caecum  \C[ae]"cum\,  n.;  pl  {C[ae]cums},  L.  {C[ae]ca}.  [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  c[ae]cum  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  c[ae]ca. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  caecum 
  n  :  the  cavity  in  which  the  large  intestine  begins  and  into 
  which  the  ileum  opens;  "the  appendix  is  an  offshoot  of 
  the  cecum"  [syn:  {cecum},  {blind  gut}] 




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