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Ileocolic Lip
Digestive System

Ileocolic Lip

Labrum ileocolicum

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Structure/ Morphology

The ileocolic lip is the superior fold that forms the upper portion of the ileal orifice (ileocecal valve).

It’s composed of all the layers that make up the walls of the intestines folded back upon themselves. Thus, the mucosa, submucosa, and muscular layers of the terminal ileum lay internally against, in a mirror image fashion, the same layers of the colon within the lumen of the colon (Standring, 2016).

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Key Features/Anatomical Relations

The ileocolic lip is the upper fold that forms the ileal orifice in the lumen of the colon. It's located at the junction of the ileum and colon, and roughly at the junction between the cecum and ascending colon.


Together with the ileocecal lip, the ileocolic lip forms the frenulum of the ileal orifice and prevents material from passing retrogradely into the ileum (Moore, Dalley and Agur, 2013).


Moore, K. L., Dalley, A. F. and Agur, A. M. R. (2013) Clinically Oriented Anatomy. Clinically Oriented Anatomy 7th edn.: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Standring, S. (2016) Gray's Anatomy: The Anatomical Basis of Clinical Practice. Gray's Anatomy Series 41 edn.: Elsevier Limited.

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