Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A pouch or sac branching out from a hollow organ or structure, such as the intestine.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small growth off an organ such as the large intestine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A blind tube branching out of a longer one.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In anatomy, a cæcum; a blind tubular process; a hollow offset ending blindly; a cul-de-sac.
  • n. Any short side passage of the nature of a cul-de-sac or blind alley.
  • n. In algol., a protrusion of protoplasm communicating with the fused procarp cells and the placenta.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a herniation through the muscular wall of a tubular organ (especially the colon)

Etymologies

New Latin, from Latin dēverticulum, by-path, from dēvertere, to turn aside : dē-, de- + vertere, to turn; see divert.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin dīverticulum, alternative form of dēverticulum ("byroad; deviation"), from dēvertō ("turn away, turn aside"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A diverticulum is an out-pouching, or small pocket, in the wall of the large intestine.

    Meckels Scan

  • As a rule the duct undergoes complete obliteration during the seventh week, but in about three per cent. of cases its proximal part persists as a diverticulum from the small intestine, Meckel’s diverticulum, which is situated about three or four feet above the ileocolic junction, and may be attached by a fibrous cord to the abdominal wall at the umbilicus.

    I. Embryology. 10. The Yolk-sac

  • The Latin word diverticulum means 'wayside house of ill repute'; in medical terms, diverticulae are little pockets that form in the wall of the large intestine.

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  • The word she noted was "diverticulum," from "The Vault of the Drow."

    RT 3: Quest for the Teenage DM

  • The pediatric caliceal diverticulum: diagnosis and laparoscopic management.

    Publications of the Urology Division

  • The caecum is a branch or diverticulum of the intestine, ending in a cul-de-sac, and is extremely long in many of the lower vegetable-feeding mammals.

    Darwin and the vermiform appendix - The Panda's Thumb

  • Yes, it's either her gall bladder or scar tissue from the diverticulum surgery when she was 15.

    Archive 2009-09-01

  • Again it was the presence of so many veterans made the real difference; Pompey and Crassus caught up to Censorinus on a diverticulum of the Via Flaminia between Fulginum and Spoletium, and didn't even need to fight a battle.

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  • When the thaw set in after the middle of March, Young Marius and his staff of legates moved from Rome to a camp outside the little town of Ad Pictas on the Via Labicana, a diverticulum which avoided the Alban Hills and rejoined the Via Latina at a place called Sacriportus.

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  • But this was not the best place from which to launch an attack on Rome, so when the great host drew close to the city, Pontius Telesinus and Brutus Damasippus took a diverticulum which brought them out on the Via Nomentana at the Colline Gate.

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