Definition of


  1. (noun, body) the cavity in which the large intestine begins and into which the ileum opens

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Synonyms of Caecum

blind gut, cecum

Alternate forms of Caecum

Derivations: caecal

Hypernyms: bodily cavity, cavity, cavum

Origin of the word Caecum

  1. 1721, from L. intestinum c?cum "blind gut," from neut. of c?cus "blind, hidden." So called for being prolonged into a cul-de-sac. more

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