What is cecum?

  • (noun): The cavity in which the large intestine begins and into which the ileum opens.
    Example: "The appendix is an offshoot of the cecum"
    Synonyms: caecum, blind gut


The cecum or caecum ( /ˈsiːkəm/, plural /ˈsiːkə/; from the Latin caecus meaning blind) is a pouch, usually peritoneal, that is considered to be the beginning of the large intestine. It receives fecal material from the ileum, and connects to the ascending colon of the large intestine. It is separated from the ileum by the ileocecal valve (ICV) or Bauhin's valve. It is also separated from the colon by the cecocolic junction. The appendix is connected to the cecum. While the cecum is usually peritoneal, the ascending colon is retroperitoneal.

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Trichuris Suis - Life Cycle
... are digested and the J1 larvae hatch in the small intestine and cecum ... via the crypts of Lieberkühn in the distal ileum, cecum, and colon ... can be recovered anywhere from the distal ileum to the rectum, but most are located in the cecum and proximal colon ...
Cecum - Additional Images
... Cecum and ileum Ileo-cecal valve Cecum Ileocecal orifice Location of McBurney's point (#1) The superior mesenteric artery and its branches Arteries of cecum and vermiform ...
Equine Nutrition - The Digestive System - The Cecum and Large Intestine
... The cecum is the first section of the large intestine ... The small intestine opens into the cecum, and the cellulose plant fiber in the food is fermented by microbes for approximately seven hours ... The fermented material leaves the cecum through another orifice and passes to the large colon ...
Foramen Cecum
... Foramen cecum or foramen caecum (from the Latin caecus meaning blind) can refer to Foramen cecum (frontal bone) Foramen cecum (tongue) Foramen cecum (medulla ...
Horse Anatomy - Digestive System - The Large Intestine - Cecum
... The cecum is the first section of the large intestine ... horses must have their diets changed slowly is so the bacteria in the cecum are able to modify and adapt to the different chemical structure of new feedstuffs ...