- the protrusion of an organ or tissue through an opening in its surrounding walls, especially in the abdominal region.
Origin of hernia
Related Wordsfissure, schism, fracture, breach, hernia, division, burst, tear, rent, crack, cleavage, cleft, parting, herniation
Examples from the Web for hernia
He was afraid he had a hernia (which is common, with all the yelling they do).A Proactive New Response to the Service-Member Suicide Crisis
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You'll get a hernia of your exhaust pipe if you stay so tense.Arm of the Law
Hernia was Chauliac's specialty, and in it his surgical judgment is admirable.
Chauliac discussed operations for hernia very conservatively.
In respect to the introsusception and hernia, see Ileus, Class I. 3.Zoonomia, Vol. II
Hernia—Rupture which permits a part of the bowels to protrude.Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners
- 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, etcAlso called: rupture
Word Origin and History for hernia
late 14c., 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).
- The protrusion of an organ or other bodily structure through the wall that normally contains it.
- 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.