Definition of Meckel in English:



  • 1Anatomy and Pathology"Meckel's diverticulum"noun a diverticulum of the distal ileum, typically about 5 cm (2 inches) in length and located about one metre from the ileocaecal valve, present as a remnant of the proximal vitelline duct in some 3 per cent of individuals; an individual instance of this; (also) this structure regarded as a pathological condition (usually as the site of inflammation or haemorrhage).

  • 2Pathology"Meckel's diverticulitis"noun inflammation of Meckel's diverticulum.

  • 3Embryology"Meckel's cartilage"noun a cartilaginous rod or bar found in the mandibular arch of embryonic vertebrates.


Mid 19th century. From the name of Johann Friedrich Meckel the younger, German anatomist.