hernia

noun her·nia \ ˈhər-nē-ə \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of hernia

plural hernias or herniae play \ˈhər-nē-ˌē, -nē-ˌī\
: 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

hernial

play \ˈhər-nē-əl\ adjective

Examples of hernia in a Sentence

  1. He was treated for hernia.

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Origin and Etymology of hernia

Latin — more at yarn



HERNIA Defined for English Language Learners

hernia

noun

Definition of hernia for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

hernia

noun her·nia \ ˈhər-nē-ə \

medical Definition of hernia

plural hernias or herniae play \-nē-ˌē, -nē-ˌī\
: 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

hernial

play \-nē-əl\ adjective


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