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Meaning of HERNIA

Pronunciation:  'hurneeu

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  rupture in smooth muscle tissue through which a bodily structure protrudes

HERNIA is a 6 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: herniation
 See Also: colpocele, diaphragmatic hernia, diverticulum, eventration, exomphalos, hiatal hernia, hiatus hernia, inguinal hernia, keratocele, laparocele, omphalocele, rupture, umbilical hernia, vaginocele



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Her"ni*a\, n.; pl. E. {Hernias}, L. {Herni[ae]}. [L.]
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; as,
hernia of the brain, of the lung, or of the bowels. Hernia of
the abdominal viscera in most common. Called also {rupture}.

{Strangulated hernia}, a hernia so tightly compressed in some
   part of the channel through which it has been protruded as
   to arrest its circulation, and produce swelling of the
   protruded part. It may occur in recent or chronic hernia,
   but is more common in the latter.

Medical Dictionary
  1. Also called rupture, "hernia" is a general term referring to a protrusion of a tissue through the wall of the cavity in which it is normally contained.
  2. Abdominal: Protrusion of abdominal contents through a defect in the normally-restraining muscle tissues of the abdominal.
  3. Diaphragmatic: A pathological protrusion of abdominal organs through a defect in the diaphragm.
  4. Incisional: The protrusion of an organ or tissue through an inadequately healed surgical scar, usually only the inner layers.
  5. Inguinal: Protrusion of abdominal contents through a defect in the normally-restraining tissues of the groin.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: A hernia is the protrusion of body tissue or organ out of the cavity where it normally resides. For instance, the "typical" hernia involves a loop of intestine protruding through a tear in the muscular wall of the abdomen.