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hernia Line breaks: her¦nia
Pronunciation: /ˈhəːnɪə/

Definition of hernia in English:

noun (plural hernias or herniae ˈhəːnɪiː)

A condition in which part of an organ is displaced and protrudes through the wall of the cavity containing it (often involving the intestine at a weak point in the abdominal wall): [with modifier]: umbilical hernia [as modifier]: a hernia operation
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  • The pain can also result from structural conditions, such as localized endometriosis or rectus sheath hematoma, or from incisional or other abdominal wall hernias.
  • Umbilical hernias, omphaloceles, and gastroschisis usually are apparent on gross inspection.
  • Laparoscopic procedures result in fewer wound complications and incision hernias than traditional abdominal surgery.


Pronunciation: /ˈhəːnɪəl/
Example sentences
  • Prior to this Claudius Amyand, physician to Queen Anne, in 1736 successfully removed an acutely inflamed appendix from inside the hernial sac of a young boy.
  • The hernial sac may additionally provide a sump of gastric contents available for reflux once the lower oesophageal sphincter relaxes.
  • Laparoscopy enables hernial orifices to be observed and tension-free mesh repair to be carried out effectively.


Late Middle English: from Latin.

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