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caecum \cae"cum\, n.; pl. C[ae]cums, L. C[ae]ca. [L. caecus blind, invisible, concealed.] (Anat.)

  1. A cavity open at one end, as the blind end of a canal or duct.

  2. 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.


Caeca \C[ae]"ca\, n. pl. See C[ae]cum.


alt. (plural of caecum English) n. (plural of caecum English)


See caecum

  1. 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]

  2. [also: caeca (pl)]


Caeca may refer to:

  • the plural of caecum (see pyloric caeca in humans)
  • Caeca et Obdurata, a papal bull promulgated by Pope Clement VIII in 1593, which expelled the Jews from the Papal States

Usage examples of "caeca".

As at the voice of Christ, ut voci Christi, at a gesture, at the first sign, ad nutum, ad primum signum, immediately, with cheerfulness, with perseverance, with a certain blind obedience, prompte, hilariter, perseveranter et caeca quadam obedientia, as the file in the hand of the workman, quasi limam in manibus fabri, without power to read or to write without express permission, legere vel scribere non addiscerit sine expressa superioris licentia.