her·​nia | \ ˈhər-nē-ə \
plural hernias or herniae\ ˈhər-​nē-​ˌē , -​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 \ adjective

Examples of hernia in a Sentence

He was treated for hernia.

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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 The process is gentle enough to render a hernia mesh as new as the day the surgeon implanted it, but strong enough to bleach the color out of glass eyes and fake fingernails. Hayley Campbell, WIRED, "A New Way to Dispose of Corpses—With Chemistry!," 27 Mar. 2018

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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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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 \
plural hernias or herniae\ -​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

Other Words from hernia

hernial \ -​nē-​əl \ adjective

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