Medical Definition of Caecum

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Reviewed on 12/27/2018

Caecum: The caecum (also spelled cecum), the first portion of the large bowel, situated in the lower right quadrant of the abdomen.

The caecum receives fecal material from the small bowel (ileum) which opens into it. The appendix is attached to the caecum.

The word "caecum" comes from the Latin "caecus" meaning "blind." This refers to the fact that the bottom of the caecum is a blind pouch (a cul de sac) leading nowhere.

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Reviewed on 12/27/2018