intransitive verb-·at·ed, -·at·ing
to protrude so as to form a hernia
intransitive verbher·ni·at·ed, her·ni·at·ing, her·ni·ates
To protrude through an abnormal bodily opening.
(third-person singular simple present herniates, present participle herniating, simple past and past participle herniated)
- The protrusion of a tissue, structure, or part of an organ through the muscular tissue or the membrane by which it is normally contained, causing a hernia.
- When small bowel herniates into the groin, one has an inguinal hernia.