di·​ver·​tic·​u·​li·​tis | \ ˌdī-vər-ˌti-kyə-ˈlī-təs How to pronounce diverticulitis (audio) \

Definition of diverticulitis

: inflammation of a diverticulum

Examples of diverticulitis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Colon diverticulitis is a common condition affecting more than half of adults in the United States, and is more common as people age. Aj Willingham, CNN, 5 July 2021 Pope Francis is recovering after undergoing surgery yesterday for colon diverticulitis. Aj Willingham, CNN, 5 July 2021 Oppedisano, who became Sinatra’s pal in his early 20s and was later his best friend and road manager, said the artist had emergency diverticulitis surgery in late `1986 and was left wearing a colostomy bag during recovery. Los Angeles Times, 8 June 2021 The Cato Institute's Michael Cannon has shared the story of a 61-year-old Arizona woman who was able to cover the entire cost of her emergency diverticulitis surgery with a $274 per month, $2,500 deductible short-term plan. Sally Pipes, Forbes, 7 June 2021 The musician later got sick with diverticulitis, an infection in the colon, and underwent surgery in 1990. Nour Rahal, Detroit Free Press, 4 Apr. 2021 Resident Mabel Tseng is disappointed that a former patient of Dr. Hunt’s returned to the ER after Owen misdiagnosed his diverticulitis as appendicitis. Lincee Ray, EW.com, 4 Dec. 2020 An arena tour was cut short that year and Mr. Van Halen had surgery for diverticulitis. Anne Steele, WSJ, 6 Oct. 2020 Doctors initially diagnosed her with diverticulitis, an inflammation or infection of the pouches called diverticula in the intestines, but she was eventually diagnosed correctly with colon cancer and underwent surgery. Amber Brenza, Health.com, 18 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of diverticulitis

circa 1900, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for diverticulitis

borrowed from New Latin dīverticulītis (in German context), from dīverticulum diverticulum + -ītis -itis

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“Diverticulitis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diverticulitis. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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Medical Definition of diverticulitis

: inflammation or infection of a diverticulum of the colon that is marked by abdominal pain or tenderness often accompanied by fever, chills, and cramping

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