- the pouch that is the beginning of the large intestine
- Zool. a pouchlike extension from an organ or duct
Origin of cecumModern Latin ; from Classical Latin caecum ; from intestinum caecum, blind intestine ; from caecus, blind ; from Indo-European base an unverified form kai-ka, one-eyed, squinting from source Old Irish caech, one-eyed, blind, Gothic haihs, one-eyed
nounpl. ce·ca also cae·ca
- Anatomy The large pouch at the beginning of the large intestine, located in the lower right-hand side of the abdomen. Also called blind gut.
- A sac or bodily cavity with only one opening.
Origin of cecumMiddle English, from Latin (intestīnum) caecum, blind (intestine), neuter of caecus, blind.