[ hur-nee-eyt ]
/ ˈhɜr niˌeɪt /

verb (used without object), her·ni·at·ed, her·ni·at·ing.

to protrude abnormally from an enclosed cavity or from the body so as to constitute a hernia.

Origin of herniate

First recorded in 1875–80; herni(a) + -ate1

Related forms

her·ni·a·tion, noun
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Medicine definitions for herniated (1 of 2)


[ hûrnē-ā′tĭd ]


Of or relating to a bodily structure that has protruded through an abnormal opening in the wall that contains it.

Medicine definitions for herniated (2 of 2)


[ hûrnē-āt′ ]


To protrude through an abnormal bodily opening.

Related forms

her′ni•ation n.
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