One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A pouch connected to the junction of the small and large intestines.
- ‘In the right lower quadrant you are feeling mainly for the terminal ileum, the cecum, and the ascending colon, and for the descending colon in the left.’
- ‘The digestive tract was removed from each specimen and dissected it into the upper digestive tract, gizzard, small intestine, ceca, large intestine, liver, and pancreas.’
- ‘Total digestive tract mass was the summed masses of the upper digestive tract, gizzard, small intestine, ceca, and large intestine.’
- ‘The appendix, a worm-like appendage of dubious usefulness, usually hangs straight down from the first portion of the large intestine, the cecum.’
- ‘The portion of the large intestine - between the cecum and transverse colon - that starts on the right side of the abdomen and moves up toward the liver.’
Late Middle English: from Latin (intestinum) caecum ‘blind (gut)’, translation of Greek tuphlon enteron.
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