pl. -·nias or -·niae·
the protrusion of all or part of an organ through a tear in the wall of the surrounding structure; esp., the protrusion of part of the intestine through the abdominal muscles; rupture
Origin of herniaL: for Indo-European base see yarn
nounpl. her·ni·as or her·ni·ae
The protrusion of an organ or other bodily structure through the wall that normally contains it; a rupture.
Origin of herniaMiddle English, from Latin; see gher&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
(plural hernias or herniae or herniæ)
From Latin hernia (“protruded viscus”).