inguinal

adjective

in·​gui·​nal ˈiŋ-gwə-nᵊl How to pronounce inguinal (audio)
: 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 In an inguinal hernia, the intestines or fatty tissue bulges through the abdominal muscles in the groin area. Jennifer Whitlock, Rn, Msn, Fn, Verywell Health, 8 Mar. 2023 About 75% of all hernias are inguinal. Jennifer Whitlock, Rn, Msn, Fn, Verywell Health, 8 Mar. 2023 These occur a bit lower in the groin than inguinal hernias. Jennifer Whitlock, Rn, Msn, Fn, Verywell Health, 8 Mar. 2023 The right testis was not visualized in the scrotal sac or in the right inguinal region. Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 31 Oct. 2013 Surgical repair of his inguinal hernias fixed the issue. Annie Lane, oregonlive, 24 Jan. 2023 Degenkolb’s graduate thesis had focused on treating inguinal hemorrhage, or bleeding from the groin area, a battlefield injury that has become common with the proliferation of land mines. Erika Fry, Fortune, 28 Dec. 2022 Your forearm has the richest community with an average of 44 species, while your nostril, ears and inguinal crease (between leg and groin) are the most stable habitats. Discover Magazine, 8 Aug. 2010 An inguinal hernia that was a nuisance before his trip to Russia became a pressing concern. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, 8 Dec. 2022

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of inguinal was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Inguinal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inguinal. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

inguinal

adjective
in·​gui·​nal ˈiŋ-gwən-ᵊl How to pronounce inguinal (audio)
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
inguinally adverb
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