Definition of hiatus hernia in English:

hiatus hernia

(also hiatal hernia)


  • The protrusion of an organ, typically the stomach, through the esophageal opening in the diaphragm.

    • ‘Most of the time, reflux is associated with hiatus hernia or prolapse of stomach into the food pipe, which is quite troublesome.’
    • ‘She underwent surgery to correct a serious hiatus hernia which doctors afterward told her was life-threatening.’
    • ‘High fibre foods minimize the risk of constipation, colon and rectal cancer, hiatus hernia, heart disease and obesity.’
    • ‘This is called a hiatus hernia, and it causes pain and heartburn.’
    • ‘The only problem with highly concentrated tomato products is that they may aggravate acid-related conditions like indigestion, hiatus hernia and rheumatoid arthritis.’