Ileocecal means pertaining to the ileum and the cecum,
and where those two parts are joined. The ileum is the
last, longest, and narrowest of the three parts that make
up the small intestine. The intestine is a tube shaped
structure that is part of the digestive tract. The small
intestine is a part of the intestine that takes in all of the
nutrients that the body needs. The ileum is attached on
the bottom end to the cecum, which is the first part of
the large intestine. The large intestine absorbs moisture
from the matter that is left after it is digested in the small
anus. Excrete means to release from the body as waste.
An example of how ileocecal is used in medical terminology is the ileocecal valve, which
is a valve that connects the ileum of the small intestine and the cecum of the large
intestine. See the picture above for a picture showing the ilececal valve location.
Ileocecal is also written as ileocaecal.
Ileocecal comes from the Latin word "ileum" meaning "intestine," and the Latin word
"caecus" meaning "blind." Put the two words together and you have "blind intestine."