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 After missing most of training camp with the Warriors because of inguinal hernia surgery, Payton made quite an impression in his 11 preseason minutes. Rusty Simmons, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Oct. 2021 After inguinal hernia surgery this summer, Payton II missed the Warriors’ first three preseason games and wasn’t even cleared to return to practice until Saturday - giving him just 10 days to try to secure the team’s 15th and final roster spot. Rusty Simmons, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 Oct. 2021 Briefly: The Warriors are hoping that Gary Payton II, working his way back from an inguinal hernia surgery, can play in at least one of the final two preseason games. Rusty Simmons, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Oct. 2021 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, 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,, 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, 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,, 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, 4 Nov. 2019 See More

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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 adeno-

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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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