|—n , pl -nias, -niae|
|Also called: rupture 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|
|[C14: from Latin]|
herniate her·ni·ate (hûr'nē-āt')
v. her·ni·at·ed, her·ni·at·ing, her·ni·ates
To protrude through an abnormal bodily opening.
Of or relating to a bodily structure that has protruded through an abnormal opening in the wall that contains it.