• WordNet 3.6
    • n caecum the cavity in which the large intestine begins and into which the ileum opens "the appendix is an offshoot of the cecum"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n caecum (Anat) A cavity open at one end, as the blind end of a canal or duct.☞ 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n caecum 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. It is scarcely more than a rudiment or vestige of the corresponding large formation of some animals. See cut under intestine.
    • n caecum In zoology, any cæcal diverticulum or intestinal appendage ending in a cul-de-sac. See cuts under Asteroidea and ink-bag. In mammals there is but one cæcum, sometimes of enormous extent, as in the ruminants and herbivorous species generally. It is given off from the colon at the point where the small intestine enters It. In birds there are usually two cæca; sometimes one cæcum, attaining great size in some cases, as of the herbivorous geese; sometimes none. There being no obvious distinction between the ileum and the colon in birds, the site of the cæca or cæcum is taken as the beginning of the colon. In fishes cæca are often numerous and large. A cardiac cæcum forms a prolongation of the cardiac end of the stomach in the blood-sucking bats of the genus Desmodus.
    • n caecum [capitalized] [NL.] The typical genus of the family Cæcidæ.
    • n caecum In starfishes, the bifurcated multilobular prolongations of the pyloric region of the stomach, the walls being glandular and secreting a digestive fluid.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Caecum sē′kum a blind sac: a sac or bag having only one opening, connected with the intestine of an animal
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. caecus, blind, invisible, concealed
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.—cæcus, blind.


In literature:

A blind pouch, or dilated pocket is thus formed at the place of junction, called the caecum.
"A Practical Physiology" by Albert F. Blaisdell
Improvements in the manufacture were gradually devised; the caecum of the lamb was employed, and afterwards, isinglass.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 6 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
The large intestine is about five feet in length, and is divided into the Caecum, Colon, and Rectum.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
The stomach is complex, being divided into four sacs, and they have a large caecum.
"Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon" by Robert A. Sterndale
Several cases of recovery from wounds of the caecum and ascending colon are recounted below.
"Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900" by George Henry Makins
Why is the vermiform appendix so much more virtuous and dignified than its next-door neighbor, the caecum?
"A Book of Burlesques" by H. L. Mencken
Gastric caeca: = caecum; q.v.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
I have seen a few cases in which the caecum formed the right crural hernia.
"Surgical Anatomy" by Joseph Maclise
Caecum agit, insanum Chrysippi porticus, et grex Autumat.
"The Tatler, Volume 3" by Various
The tongue is thickly covered with sharp, pointed, recurved horny papillae; and the caecum is small and simple.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 4" by Various