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diverticulum

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noun di·ver·tic·u·lum \ˌdī-vər-ˈti-kyə-ləm\

Definition of diverticulum

plural di·ver·tic·u·laplay \-lə\

  1. 1 :  an abnormal pouch or sac opening from a hollow organ (as the intestine or bladder)

  2. 2 :  a pocket or closed branch opening off a main passage

di·ver·tic·u·lar play \-kyə-lər\ adjective


Origin of diverticulum

New Latin, from Latin, bypath, probably alteration of deverticulum, from devertere to turn aside, from de- + vertere


First Known Use: circa 1819


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diverticulum

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noun di·ver·tic·u·lum \ˌdī-vər-ˈtik-yə-ləm\

Medical Definition of diverticulum

plural di·ver·tic·u·la \-lə\play

  1. 1:  an abnormal pouch or sac opening from a hollow organ (as the colon or bladder)

  2. 2:  a blind tube or sac branching off from a cavity or canal of the body <the liver is an anterior diverticulum of the intestine—Gordon Alexander>




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