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Meaning of hernia

her•ni•a

Pronunciation: (hûr'nē-u), [key]
— pl. -ni•as, -ni•ae
  1. the protrusion of an organ or tissue through an opening in its surrounding walls, esp. in the abdominal region. Cf. hiatus hernia, strangulated hernia.
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