Origin and Etymology of diverticulum
New Latin, from Latin, bypath, probably alteration of deverticulum, from devertere to turn aside, from de- + vertere
First Known Use: circa 1819
Medical Definition of diverticulum
1: an abnormal pouch or sac opening from a hollow organ (as the colon or bladder)
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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