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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: ă-pen′diks, -di-sis, -di-sēs, -dik-sĕz


  1. An appendage or appendixlike structure.
  2. A wormlike intestinal diverticulum extending from the blind end of the cecum; it varies in length and ends in a blind extremity.

Synonym(s): appendix vermiformisTA, appendix ceci, processus vermiformis, vermiform appendage, vermiform appendix, vermiform process, vermix

[L. appendage, fr. ap-pendo, to hang something on]

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