Definition of Diverticulum

1. Noun. A herniation through the muscular wall of a tubular organ (especially the colon).

Generic synonyms: Hernia, Herniation
Specialized synonyms: Meckel's Diverticulum

Definition of Diverticulum

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

Definition of Diverticulum

1. Noun. (anatomy) A small growth off an organ such as the large intestine. ¹

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Definition of Diverticulum

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Medical Definition of Diverticulum

1. A small sac-like structure that sometimes forms in the walls of the intestines, diverticula can trap particles of food (especially small seeds and undigested grains) and become very inflammed and painful (this condition is called diverticulitis). (09 Oct 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Diverticulum

diverticula of colon
diverticular disease of colon
diverticulosis/diverticulitis and fibre
diverticulum (current term)

Literary usage of Diverticulum

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1. Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics by The American College of Surgeons, Franklin H. Martin Memorial Foundation (1913)
"A chronic inflammation of a diverticulum and adjacent parts may cause a cicatricial ... An inversion of the diverticulum into the bowel causing a mechanical ..."

2. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans Günther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"The false diverticulum- is characterized by coves in the intestinal wall in ... The true diverticulum is characterized by a localized excavation of a part ..."

3. Embryology, Anatomy, and Diseases of the Umbilicus Together with Diseases of by Thomas Stephen Cullen (1916)
"Meckel's diverticulum in animals. Intestinal obstruction due to Meckel's diverticulum. Cases of intestinal obstruction caused by a Meckel's diverticulum ..."

4. Transactions of the Annual Meeting by Ohio State Medical Society (1904)
"Meckel's diverticulum With Report of Strangulated Inguinal Hernia of Same BY FRANK E. BUNTS, MD, CLEVELAND Meckel's diverticulum, or the diverticulum ilei, ..."

5. The Diseases of Children: A Work for the Practising Physician by Meinhard von Pfaundler, Arthur Schlossmann (1912)
"Another possibility is perforation in the diverticulum itself which may occur in the ... Meckel's diverticulum chronically enlarged and perforated, n, ..."

6. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1901)
"Meckel's diverticulum.—Occasionally there may be found connected with the ... feet from its termination, a blind diverticulum or tube, varying in length. ..."

7. The Journal of Anatomy and Physiology by Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland (1898)
"Tubular diverticulum, full calibre of intestine, 21 inches long, 30 inches from ... Cord- like diverticulum, tip attached near internal abdominal ring, ..."

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