Diverticulum definition

dīvûr-tĭkyə-ləm
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A pouch or sac branching out from a hollow organ or structure, such as the intestine.
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(anat.) A normal or abnormal pouch or sac opening out from a tubular organ or main cavity.
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A pouch or sac branching out from a hollow organ or structure, such as the intestine.
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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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(anatomy) A small growth off an organ such as the large intestine.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
diverticulum
Plural:
diverticula, diverticulums

Origin of diverticulum

  • New Latin from Latin dēverticulum by-path from dēvertere to turn aside dē- de- vertere to turn divert

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin dīverticulum, alternative form of dēverticulum (“byroad; deviation”), from dēvertō (“turn away, turn aside”).

    From Wiktionary