diverticula


noun, plural di·ver·tic·u·la [dahy-ver-tik-yuh-luh] /ˌdaɪ vərˈtɪk yə lə/. Anatomy.

  1. a blind, tubular sac or process branching off from a canal or cavity, especially an abnormal, saclike herniation of the mucosal layer through the muscular wall of the colon.

noun plural -la (-lə)

  1. any sac or pouch formed by herniation of the wall of a tubular organ or part, esp the intestines
n.

“blind tube” (anatomical), 1819, Modern Latin, from Latin deverticulum “a bypath,” from devertere “to turn aside” (see divert).

n. pl. di•ver•tic•u•la (-lə)

  1. A pouch or sac branching out from a hollow organ or structure.

Plural diverticula

  1. A pouch or sac branching out from a portion of the gastrointestinal tract, especially the large intestine. A diverticulum can occur as a normal structure, or it can be caused by a hernia.

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