from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The protrusion of an organ or other bodily structure through the wall that normally contains it; a rupture.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A disorder in which a part of the body protrudes abnormally through a tear or opening in an adjacent part, especially of the abdomen.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A protrusion, consisting of an organ or part which has escaped from its natural cavity, and projects through some natural or accidental opening in the walls of the latter. Hernia of the abdominal viscera in most common. Called also rupture.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In surgery, a tumor formed by the displacement and protrusion of a part which has escaped from its natural cavity by some aperture, and projects externally; rupture: as, hernia of the brain, of the thorax, or of the abdomen.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. rupture in smooth muscle tissue through which a bodily structure protrudes
Middle English, from Latin; see gherə- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin hernia ("protruded viscus"). (Wiktionary)