noun, plural her·ni·as, her·ni·ae . [ hur-nee-ee] /ˈhɜr niˌi/ . Pathology the protrusion of an organ or tissue through an opening in its surrounding walls, especially in the abdominal region. RELATED WORDS fissure
herniation Origin of hernia 1350–1400; Middle English
a rupture; akin to
haruspex Related forms her·ni·al, adjective
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Examples from the Web for hernia Contemporary Examples of hernia Historical Examples of hernia British Dictionary definitions for hernia noun plural -nias or -niae ( -nɪˌiː) the projection of an organ or part through the lining of the cavity in which it is normally situated, esp the protrusion of intestine through the front wall of the abdominal cavity. It is caused by muscular strain, injury, etc Also called: rupture Derived Forms hernial, adjective herniated, adjective Word Origin for hernia
C14: from Latin
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Word Origin and History for hernia n.
hirnia, from Latin hernia "a rupture," related to hira "intestine," PIE *ghere- "gut, entrail" (see yarn). The re-Latinized spelling is from 17c. Related: Herniated (1879).
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Medicine definitions for hernia n. pl. her•ni•as The protrusion of an organ or other bodily structure through the wall that normally contains it. Related forms her ′ni•al adj.
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Science definitions for hernia 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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Culture definitions for hernia
The projection of an
organ or part of an organ through the wall of the structure that surrounds it. Most often, the term is applied to the protrusion of a part of the intestine that can be observed as a lump in the lower abdomen.
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