Definition of diverticulum in English:


Syllabification: di·ver·tic·u·lum
Pronunciation: /ˌdīvərˈtikyələm

noun (plural diverticula /-lə/)

Anatomy & Zoology
  • 1A blind tube leading from a cavity or passage.
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    • The dorsal diverticulum becomes the body and tail, and the ventral diverticulum becomes the head.
  • 1.1 Medicine An abnormal sac or pouch formed at a weak point in the wall of the alimentary tract.
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    • A urethral diverticula is usually identified as a distal bulge under the urethra.
    • Saccular diverticula of the laryngeal ventricle are often reported.
    • Bacterial colonization of the airways leads to further inflammation and the formation of diverticula in the bronchial tree.


early 19th century: from medieval Latin, variant of Latin deverticulum 'byway', from devertere 'turn down or aside'.

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