What is the cecum?

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Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Throughout your body, you have vascular systems that transport nutrients from food and deliver them to your body's major organs (which scientifically proves that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach). After the small intestine decides what to keep, it shuttles the waste along into the cecum-a reservoir at the beginning of the large intestines that holds fluid from the small bowel.

That watery remnant of your past meals goes from the cecum (which is where the appendix is, by the way) around into the cavity of the colon.

Picture of the appendix and cecum
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