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hernia

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Definition rupture in smooth muscle tissue through which a bodily structure protrudes
  • a routine hernia operation
  • Anything that causes an increase in pressure in the abdomen can then cause a hernia, such as lifting heavy objects or constipation.
  • A 10-minute ride on the local roads in an old ambulance, its suspension long gone, is a standard treatment for strangulated hernias in that part of Russia.
  • Safer except you'll get four hernias your first week.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • The Army and Navy doctors had me cough for them and agreed that I had inguinal hernia.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Not to mention he had had to keep his stomach muscles clenched to prevent a hernia.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • Will you tell me what happened before I have a hernia?
    Katherine Paterson  --  Bridge to Terabithia
  • That I had Nestor's hernia, thou wouldst think.
    Ben Jonson  --  Volpone
  • More likely he'll acquire a beautiful hernia," Harding says.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • It'd be the same situation if you had a heart murmur, or a hernia, or whatever.
    Edward Bloor  --  Tangerine
  • "Another American," said the driver in Italian looking at the hernia man.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  A Farewell to Arms
  • No one had ever tested us for hernia or color blindness.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • She ended up having to have surgery for a double hernia before we returned to the States, which everyone, to this day, blames me for.
    Tim Tebow  --  Through My Eyes
  • Changing times had ended the business and a hernia had ended Peter Keating, Sr., twelve years ago.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • I got a double hernia.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • He could come through other people's tonsillectomies without suffering any postoperative distress, and even endure their hernias and hemorrhoids with only mild nausea and revulsion.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • For a long time the water in the cisterns had been honored as the cause of the scrotal hernia that so many men in the city endured not only without embarrassment but with a certain patriotic insolence.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • The congressional investigation concluded that these companies had failed to report "serious injuries such as fractures, concussions, major cuts, hernias, some requiring hospitalization, surgery, even amputation."
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • He had finished the appendectomy, then two gastro-jejunostomies for peptic ulcer, three hernia repairs, one hydrocele, a subtotal thyroid resection, and a skin graft, but by his standards it had been tortuously slow.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • These are the used sections—broken bones, cuts, bruises, mumps, measles, backache, scarlet fever, diphtheria, rheumatism, female complaints, hernia, and of course everything to do with pregnancy and the birth of children.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden

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