diverticulum

[dahy-ver-tik-yuh-luh m]
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noun, plural di·ver·tic·u·la [dahy-ver-tik-yuh-luh] /ˌdaɪ vərˈtɪk yə lə/. Anatomy.

a blind, tubular sac or process branching off from a canal or cavity, especially an abnormal, saclike herniation of the mucosal layer through the muscular wall of the colon.

Nearby words

  1. diverticular disease,
  2. diverticulectomy,
  3. diverticulitis,
  4. diverticuloma,
  5. diverticulosis,
  6. divertimento,
  7. diverting,
  8. divertissement,
  9. divertive,
  10. dives

Origin of diverticulum

1640–50; < Latin, variant of dēverticulum byway, tributary, means of escape, equivalent to dēverti- (combining form of dēvertere, equivalent to dē- de- + vertere to turn) + -culum -cule2

Related formsdi·ver·tic·u·lar, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for diverticula

diverticulum

noun plural -la (-lə)

any sac or pouch formed by herniation of the wall of a tubular organ or part, esp the intestines
Derived Formsdiverticular, adjective

Word Origin for diverticulum

C16: from New Latin, from Latin dēverticulum by-path, from dēvertere to turn aside, from vertere to turn

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Word Origin and History for diverticula

diverticulum

n.

"blind tube" (anatomical), 1819, Modern Latin, from Latin deverticulum "a bypath," from devertere "to turn aside" (see divert).

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Medicine definitions for diverticula

diverticulum

[dī′vûr-tĭkyə-ləm]

n. pl. di•ver•tic•u•la (-lə)

A pouch or sac branching out from a hollow organ or structure.
Related formsdi′ver•ticu•lar adj.


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Science definitions for diverticula

diverticulum

[dī′vûr-tĭkyə-ləm]

Plural diverticula

A pouch or sac branching out from a portion of the gastrointestinal tract, especially the large intestine. A diverticulum can occur as a normal structure, or it can be caused by a hernia.
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