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

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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 When a sports hernia sidelined him at age 50, doctors told him he’d never run again. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "To Stay Speedy in His 70s, He Got Buff," 8 Dec. 2018 An aide for President Jair Bolsonaro revealed that the far-right leader would undergo surgery to treat a hernia, his fourth operation since he was stabbed in the stomach during the presidential campaign in 2018. Fox News, "Brazilian leader Jair Bolsonaro to skip Amazon fires summit due to surgery," 3 Sep. 2019 Tierney is currently recovering from a double hernia op but the Gunners are desperate for defensive reinforcements and regard the 22-year-old as a priority signing for the club. SI.com, "Arsenal & Celtic (Still) Locked in Talks Over Kieran Tierney Deal as Move Edges Nearer Completion," 28 July 2019 Bears general manager Ryan Pace said last week Burton’s injury is separate from the one that caused him to miss last season’s playoff game and required offseason sports hernia surgery. Colleen Kane, chicagotribune.com, "3 things we learned at Bears practice, including coach Matt Nagy staying ‘optimistic’ about tight end Trey Burton’s recovery," 8 Sep. 2019 Also, Hunt had sports hernia surgery a week ago, and must rehab on his own. Scott Patsko, cleveland.com, "19 Browns questions in need of answers as the 2019 season begins," 5 Sep. 2019 Injuries to outside linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel (ankle) and inside linebacker Ryan Connelly (sports hernia) added to the woes, and a revolving door in the secondary thanks to injuries and inexperience exacerbated the problems. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "South Florida's new offensive scheme should be a good test for UW's defense, which struggled in 2018," 29 Aug. 2019 Before the guidelines, for instance, patients with minor hernia repair operations were being prescribed 29 pills, according to the study. Juliet Appleby, Los Angeles Times, "Doctors can change opioid prescribing habits, but progress comes in small doses," 16 Aug. 2019 Earlier this year, Paul had hernia surgery in another procedure connected to the assault. CBS News, "Appeals court orders resentencing for Rand Paul attacker," 10 Sep. 2019

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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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hernia. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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

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