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hernia

noun her·nia \ˈhər-nē-ə\

medical : a painful condition in which an organ (such as the intestine) pushes through the muscles that are around it

plural her·ni·as or her·ni·ae\-nē-ˌē, -nē-ˌī\

Full Definition of HERNIA

:  a protrusion of an organ or part (as the intestine) through connective tissue or through a wall of the cavity (as of the abdomen) in which it is normally enclosed —called also rupture
her·ni·al \-nē-əl\ adjective

Examples of HERNIA

  1. He was treated for hernia.

Origin of HERNIA

Latin — more at yarn
First Known Use: 14th century

hernia

noun her·nia \ˈhər-nē-ə\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural her·ni·as or her·ni·ae \-nē-ˌē, -nē-ˌī\

Medical Definition of HERNIA

:  a protrusion of an organ or part through connective tissue or through a wall of the cavity in which it is normally enclosed—called also rupture; see abdominal hernia, hiatal hernia, strangulated hernia
her·ni·al \-nē-əl\ adjective

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