HERN'IA, n. [L.] In surgery, a rupture; a descent of the intestines or omentum from their natural place; an unnatural protrusion of the intestines. Hernia is of various kinds.
HERN'I-A, n. [Gr. ἔρμια, from ερνος, a shooting forth, a branch.]
In surgery, a protrusion of some organ of the abdomen through an interstice in its parietes, producing a soft and slightly elastic tumor.
- 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