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

Definition of diverticulitis

: inflammation of a diverticulum

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The woman had recently been treated for a urinary tract infection as well as a condition called diverticulitis, which occurs when part of the intestine is inflamed or infected. Samantha Lauriello, Health.com, "This Woman Had Feces Leaking Into Her Bladder—and Yes, It’s as Gross as It Sounds," 2 July 2019 Those surgeries addressed health issues including diverticulitis, a urinary tract infection and removal of a cancerous lump. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Former Warriors head coach Al Attles attends Game 4 of NBA Finals at Oracle," 7 June 2019 That includes Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, celiac disease, chronic pancreatitis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and diverticulosis or diverticulitis. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "How Much Fiber Should I Be Eating to Feel Regular?," 30 May 2019 In 2016, he was diagnosed with diverticulitis, an abdominal disease that infects the colon and, in extreme cases, can leak bacteria onto other organs in the body. Steve Knopper, chicagotribune.com, "Yob is out here with an album of hopeful doom metal, people," 5 July 2018 For example, siblings of people with diverticulitis are estimated to have a threefold higher risk of getting it. Laura Landro, WSJ, "Doctors Rethink the Cause—and Treatment—of Diverticular Disease," 20 Nov. 2018 In 2015 the American Gastroenterology Association recommended selective rather than routine use of antibiotics in patients with acute diverticulitis. Laura Landro, WSJ, "Doctors Rethink the Cause—and Treatment—of Diverticular Disease," 20 Nov. 2018 Indeed, as the evidence suggested, the diverticulitis did calm down on its own (for my particular set of circumstances) saving tons of money and grief (and lots of pain). Dylan Scott, Vox, "Federal budget cuts are a blow to evidence-based medical training," 17 July 2018 Mike Scheidt sings and plays doom metal pretty well for a guy who recently nearly died from diverticulitis, endured nine hours of surgery, lost 10 inches of his large intestine and contracted MRSA and shingles in the hospital. Steve Knopper, chicagotribune.com, "Yob is out here with an album of hopeful doom metal, people," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of diverticulitis

circa 1900, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for diverticulitis

New Latin

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di·​ver·​tic·​u·​li·​tis | \ -ˈlīt-əs How to pronounce diverticulitis (audio) \

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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