A hernia is a(n) _____.

Answer tear in the muscular wall of the abdominopelvic cavity through which the innards of the body can protrude

While females can also get hernias, the inguinal hernia will occur in males because of the preexisting holes in the muscle of the pelvic cavity through which the testes descend. A hiatal hernia occurs as a result of a tear in the diaphragm, the muscle that separates the thoracic (chest) cavity from the abdominopelvic cavity. An umbilical hernia is one that occurs at the belly button (navel).

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