her·​ni·​ate | \ ˈhər-nē-ˌāt How to pronounce herniate (audio) \
herniated; herniating

Definition of herniate

intransitive verb

: to protrude through an abnormal body opening : rupture a herniated intervertebral disk

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herniation \ ˌhər-​nē-​ˈā-​shən How to pronounce herniation (audio) \ noun

Examples of herniate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Discs herniate to varying degrees and locations and cause a wide variety of symptoms from minimal to debilitating. Profootballdoc, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Joe Flacco likely dealing with herniated disc," 27 July 2017

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First Known Use of herniate

circa 1922, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for herniate

hernia + -ate entry 4

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The first known use of herniate was circa 1922

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“Herniate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/herniate. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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her·​ni·​ate | \ ˈhər-nē-ˌāt How to pronounce herniate (audio) \
herniated; herniating

Medical Definition of herniate

: to protrude through an abnormal body opening : rupture herniated intravertebral disks

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