Diverticular

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Diverticular Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Diverticular \Div`er*tic"u*lar\, a. (Anat.) Pertaining to a diverticulum.
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A diverticulum (plural: diverticula) is medical or biological term for an outpouching of a hollow (or a fluid filled) structure in the body.

In medicine the term usually implies that the structure is not normally present, i.e., pathological. However, in the embryonic stage, some normal structures begin development as a diverticulum arising from another structure.

An alphabetical listing of some frequently encountered diverticula follows:

Most of these pathological types of diverticulum are capable of harboring an enterolith. If the enterolith stays in place, it may cause no problems, but a large enterlith expelled from a diverticulum into the lumen can cause obstruction (see Enterolith).

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