[ dahy-ver-tik-yuh-luhm ]

noun,plural di·ver·tic·u·la [dahy-ver-tik-yuh-luh]. /ˌdaɪ vərˈtɪk yə lə/. Anatomy.
  1. 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.

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

Other words from diverticulum

  • di·ver·tic·u·lar, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for diverticulum


/ (ˌdaɪvəˈtɪkjʊləm) /

nounplural -la (-lə)
  1. any sac or pouch formed by herniation of the wall of a tubular organ or part, esp the intestines

Origin of diverticulum

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

Derived forms of diverticulum

  • diverticular, adjective

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Scientific definitions for diverticulum


[ dī′vûr-tĭkyə-ləm ]

Plural diverticula
  1. 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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