hernia

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

Other Words from hernia

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

Examples of hernia in a Sentence

He was treated for hernia.
Recent Examples on the Web A few years ago, a hernia injury sidelined the athletic Khosravani. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 29 Oct. 2021 Ewers missed six games last season but returned from a sports hernia injury in the postseason to lead Carroll to the state title game, where the Dragons lost to Austin Westlake. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, 31 Aug. 2021 Cephus broke his collarbone in an October loss to the Vikings, while Seibert reportedly underwent sports hernia surgery recently. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 4 Dec. 2021 Playing extended minutes in place of Gary Payton II, who was out with hernia surgery maintenance, Chiozza had two-thirds of previous season scoring total with eight points in 10 first-half minutes. Rusty Simmons, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 Nov. 2021 Initially, the intensive care doctors thought Sutton was still struggling with the effects of a complex hernia. Bernice Yeung, ProPublica, 29 Oct. 2021 He was limited to two games as a senior because of a sports hernia but still finished with 537 yards and six touchdowns on 48 carries, an average of 11.2 yards per carry. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 Nov. 2021 LeMahieu is dealing with a sports hernia that is expected to require surgery at some point after the season. Pete Caldera, USA TODAY, 3 Oct. 2021 Hernandez was very close to his father, Dennis, who died in 2006 due to an infection during surgery for a hernia. CNN, 17 Nov. 2021

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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.

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“Hernia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hernia. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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hernia

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hernia

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

hernia

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

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