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verb (used without object), her·ni·at·ed, her·ni·at·ing.
  1. to protrude abnormally from an enclosed cavity or from the body so as to constitute a hernia.
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Origin of herniate

First recorded in 1875–80; herni(a) + -ate1
Related formsher·ni·a·tion, noun
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Related Words

fissure, schism, fracture, breach, hernia, division, burst, tear, rent, crack, cleavage, cleft, parting, herniation

Word Origin and History for herniation


1875, from hernia + -ation.

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herniation in Medicine


  1. To protrude through an abnormal bodily opening.
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Related formsher′ni•ation n.
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