of, relating to, or situated in the groin.

Nearby words

  1. ingrown,
  2. ingrown hair,
  3. ingrown nail,
  4. ingrowth,
  5. inguen,
  6. inguinal canal,
  7. inguinal hernia,
  8. inguinal ligament,
  9. inguinal region,
  10. inguinal triangle

Origin of inguinal

1675–85; < Latin inguinālis of the groin, equivalent to inguin- (stem of inguen) swelling in the groin, groin (cognate with Greek adḗn gland; cf. adenoid) + -ālis -al1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for inguinal



anatomy of or relating to the groin

Word Origin for inguinal

C17: from Latin inguinālis, from inguen groin

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Word Origin and History for inguinal



1680s, from Latin inguinalis "of the groin," from inguen (genitive inguinis) "groin," from PIE *engw- "groin, internal organ" (cf. Greek aden "gland").

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Medicine definitions for inguinal




Of or located in the groin.
Relating to the left or right inguinal region of the abdomen.

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