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      n   pl   , -nias, -niae   the projection of an organ or part through the lining of the cavity in which it is normally situated, esp. the protrusion of intestine through the front wall of the abdominal cavity. It is caused by muscular strain, injury, etc.,   (Also called)    rupture  
     (C14: from Latin)  
  hernial      adj  
  herniated      adj  

hiatus hernia   , hiatal hernia  
      n   protrusion of part of the stomach through the diaphragm at the oesophageal opening  
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