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  • (anatomy) A blind pouch connected to the large intestine between the ileum and the colon.
         *1970: After a preliminary course in anatomy it was found that caecum and transverse colon also provided excellent sites for excitation. — JG Ballard, The Atrocity Exhibition
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia

||Cæ"cum (?), n.; pl. Cæcums, L. Cæca (#). [L. caecus blind, invisible, concealed.] (Anat.) (a) A cavity open at one end, as the blind end of a canal or duct. (b) The blind part of the large intestine beyond the entrance of the small intestine; -- called also the blind gut.

&fist; The cæcum 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 cæca.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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