di·​ver·​tic·​u·​lo·​sis | \ˌdī-vər-ˌti-kyə-ˈlō-səs \

Definition of diverticulosis 

: an intestinal disorder characterized by the presence of many diverticula

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Patients often start to develop the pouches by age 40, and about half of those over 60 have diverticulosis. Laura Landro, WSJ, "Doctors Rethink the Cause—and Treatment—of Diverticular Disease," 20 Nov. 2018 Ten to 20 percent of patients with diverticulosis develop a complication known as diverticulitis, in which the diverticula become inflamed, leading to chronic abdominal pain, perforation of the colon, or infection inside the abdomen. Andrea K. Mcdaniels, baltimoresun.com, "Diverticulitis can cause digestive problems for some," 7 June 2018 Someone who has diverticula has the condition known as diverticulosis. Andrea K. Mcdaniels, baltimoresun.com, "Diverticulitis can cause digestive problems for some," 7 June 2018 Boys, there’s always Ring of Honor. Too much diverticulosis talk for me in this one. Jim Varsallone, miamiherald, "WrestleMania 34 is full of Flair, but Rousey, Nicholas steal the show | Miami Herald," 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of diverticulosis

1917, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for diverticulosis

New Latin

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di·​ver·​tic·​u·​lo·​sis | \-ˈlō-səs \
plural diverticuloses\-​ˌsēz \

Medical Definition of diverticulosis 

: an intestinal condition characterized by the presence of diverticula in the colon that is typically symptomless but may be marked by symptoms (as bleeding or constipation)

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