a common type of hernia in which a loop of the intestine protrudes directly through a weak area of the abdominal wall in the groin region.
inguinal hernia n.
A hernia into the inguinal canal.
- Inguinal canal
inguinal canal n. The oblique passage through the layers of the lower abdominal wall that transmits the spermatic cord in the male and the round ligament in the female.
- Inguinal ligament
inguinal ligament n. A fibrous band formed by the lower border of the aponeurosis of the external oblique muscle that extends from the upper front spine of the ilium to the pubic tubercle. Also called Poupart’s ligament.
- Inguinal region
inguinal region n. The lower lateral region of the abdomen on either side of the pubic region. Also called iliac region, inguen.
- Inguinal triangle
inguinal triangle n. The triangular area in the lower abdominal wall bounded by the inguinal ligament below, by the rectus muscle of the abdomen medially, and by the inferior epigastric vessels laterally. Also called Hesselbach’s triangle, inguinal trigone.