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.

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  • 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


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Latin; see gherə- in Indo-European roots.

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From Latin hernia ("protruded viscus").


  • DESCRIPTION: Although the term hernia applies to any protrusion of an organ outside the cavity that normally contains it, the usual meaning is an abnormal protrusion of intestines through an opening in the abdominal cavity.


  • Accordingly, in the pathology of Gilbert, the term hernia is applied to hydrocele, orchitis and other diseases of the testicle, and not, as with us to protrusions of the viscera through the walls of their cavities.

    Gilbertus Anglicus Medicine of the Thirteenth Century

  • The best known members of this small group are the openings through the abdominal wall, which, originally placed at the strongest and safest position in the quadrupedal attitude, are now, in the erect attitude, at the weakest and most dangerous, and furnish opportunity for those serious and sometimes fatal escapes of portions of the intestines which we call hernia; the tonsils; and our friend the _appendix vermiformis_.

    Preventable Diseases

  • He adds also: "Some doubt the propriety of using the term hernia for an inflation.

    Gilbertus Anglicus Medicine of the Thirteenth Century

  • Sometimes, they can detect the plastic implanted in my abdomen to repair a hernia from a prior surgery, but other times the miss the plastic. Former Asst Police Chief Gives TSA a Failing Grade

  • To heal the multi-cultural team hernia is to reconcile the nations.

    The Multi-Cultural Team Hernia

  • The multi-cultural team hernia is a hernia of the mind caused by the need to process through culture and sin on the multi-cultural team, and those times when the two mix together like yeast and dough.

    The Multi-Cultural Team Hernia

  • Young could be activated May 8 if his hernia is sufficiently healed. - American League Central

  • Larkin, limited to 44 games last season because of a groin pull and a "sports hernia," is showing no aftereffects. - National League Central

  • Although the word hernia can be construed to mean the protrusion of any viscus from its natural cavity through normal or artificial openings in the surrounding structures, the usual meaning of the word is protrusion of the abdominal contents through the parietes -- what is commonly spoken of as rupture.

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine


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