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also cae·cum (sē′kəm)
n. pl. ce·ca also cae·ca (-kə)
1. 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.
2. A sac or bodily cavity with only one opening.

[Middle English, from Latin (intestīnum) caecum, blind (intestine), neuter of caecus, blind.]

ce′cal adj.
ce′cal·ly adv.
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It is also, so far, the third masteriine spider species from the Philippines taxonomically described or included in the scientific database since 1892, after Masteria caeca and Masteria cavicola, which were discovered in Morong and San Mateo towns, respectively, in Rizal province.
Post-mortem examination of carcasses revealed caeca were enlarged and distended and ballooning up of caecal pouches with hemorrhagic contents, reddish brown ceacal cores.
Specimens for bacteriological culture consisted of external body surface, gills, heart, liver, stomach content, intestinal content, kidneys, pyloric caeca and vents were taken during post-mortem parasitological examination.
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Then, the fish were laparotomized to collect the oesophagus, stomach, pyloric caeca, mid-gut, rectum and liver.
Tissue sections comprising four of each of the different digestive system sections (oral cavity, oesophagus, stomach, caeca, intestine, and liver) were instantly fixed in Bouin's solution.
Body with linguiform shape, tegument with spines, extending up to the end of intestinal caeca. Preoral lobe weakly developed.
Anterior projections of the midgut, sometimes described as gastric caeca, are only found in Euphasmatodea and often obscure the proventricuius.
Caecal bifurcation pre-acetabular closer to oral sucker than to acetabulum, forming caecal shoulders before beginning descent from acetabular level; posteriorly caeca thick-walled, with short diverticula on median and lateral sides terminating just above excretory bladder (Fig.