in·​car·​cer·​at·​ed | \ in-ˈkär-sə-ˌrā-təd How to pronounce incarcerated (audio) \

Definition of incarcerated

1 : confined in a jail or prison Michigan law allows convicted felons to vote and run for office unless they are currently incarcerated, or if their offenses are fraud-related or constitute a breach of public trust.The Hartford (Connecticut) Courant … whatever was needed for her programs combating domestic violence and aiding incarcerated women, ex-offenders, and their children.— Peter Steinfels Comparing the responses of incarcerated boys with nondelinquent adolescents, Scarpitti (1980) describes the three most probable identity resolutions …— Judith Steven-Long et al.
2 medical, of a hernia : constricted but not strangulated Within the incarcerated, herniated gastric cardia, there was an acute, benign gastric ulcer.— Gregory J. Gallivan

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First Known Use of incarcerated

1766, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Incarcerated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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in·​car·​cer·​at·​ed | \ in-ˈkär-sə-ˌrāt-əd How to pronounce incarcerated (audio) \

Medical Definition of incarcerated

of a hernia
: constricted but not strangulated

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