in·​gui·​nal | \ ˈiŋ-gwə-nᵊl How to pronounce inguinal (audio) \

Definition of inguinal

: of, relating to, or situated in the region of the groin or in either of the lowest lateral regions of the abdomen an inguinal hernia

Examples of inguinal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Groin pain is synonymous with similar diagnoses, such as athletica pubalgia (athlete with pain in pubic area), sports hernia, athletic hernia and inguinal disruption (injury to the region where the inner thigh meets the pelvis). Colin Hoobler, oregonlive, "Damian Lillard’s groin injury: How these injuries are treated, what kind of recovery timeline to expect," 13 Feb. 2020 Whelan has lost weight in the last year and has an inguinal hernia, which means tissue is protruding through a weak spot in the abdominal muscle wall. Kristen Jordan Shamus,, "Paul Whelan and family continue to fight a year after he's accused of spying in Russia," 22 Jan. 2020 The actress and reality star didn't know at first that her symptoms were serious but ended up being diagnosed with two inguinal and two femoral hernias. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "Denise Richards had emergency procedure for 4 hernias: 'Gotta always listen to our bodies'," 19 Dec. 2019 While inguinal hernias sit at the top of the groin and are visible, femoral hernias are lower down, near the femoral vein, and tougher to diagnose. Julie Mazziotta,, "Denise Richards Recovering After Emergency Surgery for 4 Hernias: ‘Always Listen to Our Bodies’," 18 Dec. 2019 This past Saturday, Jeremy opened up on Instagram about his inguinal hernia surgery, a procedure that is sometimes needed when tissue protrudes through a weak spot in the abdominal muscles. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Audrey Roloff Gives Fans an Important Update on Jeremy After His Surgery," 4 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of inguinal

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for inguinal

Middle English inguynale, from Latin inguinalis, from inguin-, inguen groin — more at aden-

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“Inguinal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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in·​gui·​nal | \ ˈiŋ-gwən-ᵊl How to pronounce inguinal (audio) \

Medical Definition of inguinal

1 : of, relating to, or situated in the region of the groin an inguinal rash
2 : of or relating to either of the lowest lateral regions of the abdomen : iliac sense 2 the inguinal abdominal region

Other Words from inguinal

inguinally adverb

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