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.

Nearby words

  1. herndon, william henry,
  2. herne,
  3. hernia,
  4. hernial,
  5. hernial sac,
  6. herniated,
  7. herniated disk,
  8. herniation,
  9. hernio-,
  10. hernioid

Origin of herniate

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

Related formsher·ni·a·tion, noun

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Word Origin and History for herniation



1875, from hernia + -ation.

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Medicine definitions for herniation




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

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