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[ing-gwuh-nl] /ˈɪŋ gwə nl/
of, relating to, or situated in the groin.
Origin of inguinal
1675-85; < Latin inguinālis of the groin, equivalent to inguin- (stem of inguen) swelling in the groin, groin (cognate with Greek adḗn gland; cf. adenoid) + -ālis -al1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for inguinal
  • The right testis was not visualized in the scrotal sac or in the right inguinal region.
  • Its anterior margin is attached to the inguinal ligament.
British Dictionary definitions for inguinal


(anatomy) of or relating to the groin
Word Origin
C17: from Latin inguinālis, from inguen groin
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Word Origin and History for inguinal

1680s, from Latin inguinalis "of the groin," from inguen (genitive inguinis) "groin," from PIE *engw- "groin, internal organ" (cf. Greek aden "gland").

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inguinal in Medicine

inguinal in·gui·nal (ĭng'gwə-nəl)

  1. Of or located in the groin.

  2. Relating to the left or right inguinal region of the abdomen.

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