noun Pathology.
inflammation of one or more diverticula, characterized by abdominal pain, fever, and changes in bowel movements.

1895–1900; diverticul(um) + -itis

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diverticulitis (ˌdaɪvəˌtɪkjʊˈlaɪtɪs)
inflammation of one or more diverticula, esp of the colon

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diverticulitis di·ver·tic·u·li·tis (dī'vûr-tĭk'yə-lī'tĭs)
Inflammation of a diverticulum, especially of the small pockets in the wall of the colon that fill with stagnant fecal material and become inflamed.

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diverticulitis   (dī'vûr-tĭk'yə-lī'tĭs)  Pronunciation Key 
Inflammation of a diverticulum or of diverticula in the intestinal tract, usually causing abdominal pain and fever.
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Acute diverticulitis is a common disease in the western world.
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