The most-visited site
devoted to children's
health and development

Word! Appendix


Say: uh-PEN-dix

Your appendix is a small pouch attached to your large intestine, in the lower right part of your belly. The purpose of the appendix is not clear, but sometimes it gets inflamed and causes appendicitis.

Note: All information on KidsHealth® is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.

© 1995- The Nemours Foundation. All rights reserved.

Images provided by The Nemours Foundation, iStock, Getty Images, Corbis, Veer, Science Photo Library, Science Source Images, Shutterstock, and