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 An arena tour was cut short that year and Mr. Van Halen had surgery for diverticulitis. Anne Steele, WSJ, "Eddie Van Halen Dies at 65," 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, "Ruth Bader Ginsberg Dies from Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer—Here's What That Means," 18 Sep. 2020 Monahan noted that Sanders has previously been treated for gout, high cholesterol, diverticulitis, hypothyroidism, laryngitis secondary to esophageal reflux, lumbar strain, and complete removal of superficial skin lesions. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, "Bernie Sanders in 'good health' after heart attack, according to his doctor," 31 Dec. 2019 The letter stated that Sanders had suffered several ailments during his life, including gout, diverticulitis, superficial skin cancers, and laryngitis from acid reflux. BostonGlobe.com, "Senator Bernie Sanders was hospitalized and treated for an artery blockage and is canceling his events for the coming days, a campaign official said on Wednesday.," 3 Oct. 2019 The 65-year-old Auriemma missed the game after surgery Wednesday to relieve symptoms of diverticulitis. BostonGlobe.com, "Ovechkin may skip All-Star game," 23 Dec. 2019 His ailments included gout; a mild elevation of cholesterol; an inflammation of out-pouches in the bowel known as diverticulitis; and hormone replacement therapy for an underactive thyroid gland. New York Times, "Bernie Sanders Had Heart Attack, His Doctors Say as He Leaves Hospital," 4 Oct. 2019 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

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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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The first known use of diverticulitis was circa 1900

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17 Oct 2020

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“Diverticulitis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diverticulitis. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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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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