her·​nia | \ ˈhər-nē-ə How to pronounce hernia (audio) \
plural hernias or herniae\ ˈhər-​nē-​ˌē How to pronounce herniae (audio) , -​nē-​ˌī \

Definition of hernia

: a protrusion of an organ or part (such 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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from hernia

hernial \ ˈhər-​nē-​əl How to pronounce hernial (audio) \ adjective

Examples of hernia in a Sentence

He was treated for hernia.

Recent Examples on the Web

The product is also used in some other conditions such as hernia repair and urinary incontinence, which some doctors say present lower risk. Thomas M. Burton, WSJ, "FDA Panel Assesses Risks of Women’s Surgical Mesh," 12 Feb. 2019 And on top of that, somewhere along the way, Hyland had developed an abdominal hernia, where internal tissue pushes through abdominal muscles. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "Sarah Hyland Opens Up About Dialysis and Her Second Kidney Transplant," 10 Dec. 2018 Then James Johnson took a step back, possibly due to his sports hernia. Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Do Heat 'chips' still have any value?," 5 July 2018 That success is impressive given Jacks was effectively unable to exercise for the first eight years of his life because of an undiagnosed hiatus hernia. Matt Majendie, CNN, "Magician, superstar and raconteur -- the curious life of judoka Brian Jacks," 22 May 2018 Bowen suffered an umbilical hernia as a result of trauma to her abdomen caused by the seat belt. Karen Kucher, sandiegouniontribune.com, "DUI driver ordered to pay $230,462 in restitution to 2 victims in car crash," 9 Apr. 2018 Gutierrez, 27, underwent surgery in California on Tuesday morning to correct a sports hernia, a source told The Star. Sam Mcdowell, kansascity, "Sporting KC top scorer Felipe Gutierrez undergoes surgery for sports hernia | The Kansas City Star," 1 May 2018 Regarding acute pain, for example, a patient recovering from the removal of wisdom teeth will have different pain-management needs than a patient recovering from a major orthopedic surgery or hernia repair. WSJ, "Should the Government Limit a Physician’s Ability to Treat Patients With Opioids?," 24 June 2018 Elsewhere patients lined up at clinics with horrendous coughs, festering wounds and hernias spilling into trusses. The Economist, "Theresa May’s lacklustre plan for the NHS," 21 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'hernia.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of hernia

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hernia

Middle English hernia, hernie, hirnia, borrowed from Latin hernia, hirnia, of uncertain origin

Note: See note at haruspex.

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about hernia

Dictionary Entries near hernia








Statistics for hernia

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for hernia

The first known use of hernia was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for hernia



English Language Learners Definition of hernia

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


her·​nia | \ ˈhər-nē-ə How to pronounce hernia (audio) \
plural hernias or herniae\ -​nē-​ˌē How to pronounce herniae (audio) , -​nē-​ˌī How to pronounce herniae (audio) \

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

Other Words from hernia

hernial \ -​nē-​əl How to pronounce hernial (audio) \ adjective

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on hernia

Spanish Central: Translation of hernia

Nglish: Translation of hernia for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of hernia for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about hernia

Comments on hernia

What made you want to look up hernia? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Finance Words Quiz

  • a-piggy-bank
  • The etymology of mortgage is related most closely to which two words?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!