hiatal hernia

noun

: protrusion of part of the stomach upward into the chest cavity through the passage in the diaphragm for the esophagus usually with movement of the opening of the esophagus into the stomach to a position above the diaphragm

called also hiatus hernia

Examples of hiatal hernia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, Mount Sinai advises individuals with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or a hiatal hernia to avoid peppermint tea. Clare Mulroy, USA TODAY, 15 Feb. 2024 In contrast, a hiatal hernia may cause heartburn, indigestion, regurgitation, and upper abdominal or chest pains. Amanda Gardner, Health, 29 Oct. 2023 How To Relieve Heartburn That Won't Go Away A Quick Review Heartburn may indicate health conditions like a hiatal hernia, GERD, or stomach ulcers. Mark Gurarie, Health, 6 Aug. 2023 This is the most common type of hiatal hernia. Jennifer Whitlock, Rn, Msn, Fn, Verywell Health, 8 Mar. 2023 Because Scott and Bernard are older (there is an explanation for Bernard aging), there are humorous references to acid reflux and a hiatal hernia. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 15 Nov. 2022 The unusual person with symptoms from a sliding hiatal hernia is usually treated medically. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 15 Aug. 2022 Schedule an appointment with your physician to rule out a hiatal hernia, constipation, or other GI issues. Ali Nolan, SELF, 6 Dec. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1944, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hiatal hernia was circa 1944

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“Hiatal hernia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hiatal%20hernia. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

hiatal hernia

noun
variants also hiatus hernia
: herniation of an abdominal organ
specifically : protrusion of part of the stomach upward into the chest cavity through the passage in the diaphragm for the esophagus that is typically accompanied with movement of the opening of the esophagus into the stomach to a position above the diaphragm and that may be asymptomatic or be accompanied by symptoms typical of gastroesophageal reflux (such as heartburn, belching, or bloating).
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