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