di·​ver·​tic·​u·​li·​tis ˌdī-vər-ˌti-kyə-ˈlī-təs How to pronounce diverticulitis (audio)
: inflammation of a diverticulum

Examples of diverticulitis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some foods to avoid during a flare-up can depend on the person, but limit or eliminate some options—like red meats and sweets—to reduce the risk of developing diverticulitis. Karen Pallarito, Health, 25 Sep. 2023 People with recent cases of acute diverticulitis who drank burdock tea three times a day were less likely to develop diverticulitis again than those who didn't.2 Ten percent of burdock tea drinkers had a second case of diverticulitis within five years, versus 31% of people who did not use burdock. Megan Nunn, Pharmd, Verywell Health, 21 July 2023 The study found no increased risk of diverticular complications, including diverticulitis. Karen Pallarito, Health.com, 4 Nov. 2021 More than 15 years after Coley’s death — not of cancer, incidentally, or an ironic erysipelas infection, but of chronic diverticulitis — Parke-Davis continued to make Coley’s Toxin, even as chemotherapy and radiation rose to the forefront of cancer treatment. Carl Engelking, Discover Magazine, 4 Apr. 2016 This woman came to the emergency room with acute diverticulitis and delirium; a geriatrician was called in before surgery to help manage her medications and sleep-wake cycle, and recommend non-pharmaceutical interventions. Judith Graham, CNN, 25 Nov. 2022 And adding insult to injury, Kim herself ended up with appendicitis and diverticulitis, in addition to caring for months for her sick friend and nursing her back to health. Hansa Bhargava, Forbes, 10 Oct. 2022 Doctors had to remove 9 inches of her colon due to diverticulitis. Stephanie Emma Pfeffer, PEOPLE.com, 3 Jan. 2022 In addition to fever, diverticulitis can also cause pain on the left side of your abdomen, which can be severe and sudden or mild and increase over time. Colleen Stinchcombe, Health.com, 8 Oct. 2021

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Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1900, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of diverticulitis was circa 1900

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“Diverticulitis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diverticulitis. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


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