Hernia definition

hûrnē-ə
The protrusion of an organ or other bodily structure through the wall that normally contains it; a rupture.
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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.
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The protrusion of an organ or other bodily structure through the wall that normally contains it; a rupture.
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A condition in which an organ or body part, such as the intestine, protrudes through an opening in the body structure that normally contains it.
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(pathology) A disorder in which a part of the body protrudes abnormally through a tear or opening in an adjacent part, especially of the abdomen.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
hernia
Plural:
herni, herniae, hernias

Origin of hernia

  • Middle English from Latin gherə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin hernia (“protruded viscus”).

    From Wiktionary