Definition of Cecum

1. Noun. The cavity in which the large intestine begins and into which the ileum opens. "The appendix is an offshoot of the cecum"

Exact synonyms: Blind Gut, Caecum
Generic synonyms: Bodily Cavity, Cavity, Cavum
Group relationships: Large Intestine
Terms within: Appendix, Cecal Appendage, Vermiform Appendix, Vermiform Process
Derivative terms: Caecal, Cecal

Definition of Cecum

1. Noun. (alternative spelling of caecum) ¹

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Definition of Cecum

1. a bodily cavity with one opening [n CECA] : CECAL [adj], CECALLY [adv]

Medical Definition of Cecum

1. A blind pouch-like commencement of the colon in the right lower quadrant of the abdomen at the end of the small intestine. The appendix is a diverticulum that extends off the caecum. (13 Nov 1997)

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Literary usage of Cecum

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1911)
"In most of the cases the diagnosis of a mobile cecum was based upon the following symptoms: (1) Periodic attacks of colicky pain, localized chiefly in the ..."

2. Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics by The American College of Surgeons, Franklin H. Martin Memorial Foundation (1912)
"The size of the cecum bears no relation to the height or weight of the adult. In the first few months of fetal life the development of the small intestine, ..."

3. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans Günther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"The Form, Size and Position of the cecum, Ileocecal Junction, Vermiform Process or Appendix, and Ascending Colon, as Determined ..."

4. The Surgical Clinics of North America by Robert E. Hermann, Avram M. Cooperman (1921)
"NON-TUBERCULOUS INFLAMMATION OF THE cecum THE second patient for operation this morning is a boy aged fourteen whose history and examination suggest, ..."

5. International Medical and Surgical Surveyby American Institute of Medicine by American Institute of Medicine (1922)
"The only animals that have a cecum with tenias and an appendix vermiformis without tenias are (1) the anthropoid apes, (2) the family Loris, ..."

6. Transactions of the American Therapeutic Society by American Therapeutic Society, Albert Ernest Gallant, Peter Brynberg Porter (1914)
"Reference is first made to the common diseased conditions qf the cecum which are ... Chronic ulcerative colitis, of uncertain origin and where the cecum is ..."

7. The American Journal of Obstetrics and Diseases of Women and Children (1916)
"Glands at some distance from tumor in cecum. Xo evidence of metastasis. ... This shows colloid cancer and a bit of mucous membrane of the cecum. ..."

8. Diseases of the stomach, intestines, and pancreas by Robert Coleman Kemp (1917)
"The author finds that the cecum is prolapsed and is usually atonic and dilated ... Fishel denies that mobile cecum and constipation produce the symptoms, ..."

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