Meaning of inguinal in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɪŋɡwɪn(ə)l/


  • Of the groin.

    ‘inguinal lymph nodes’
    • ‘Sometimes the testicular vessels are traced to an abdominal, inguinal or scrotal testicular remnant, which is then removed.’
    • ‘The lateral cutaneous nerve of the thigh passes from the lateral border of psoas major across the iliac fossa to pierce the inguinal ligament.’
    • ‘It may radiate along the inguinal ligament, perineum and rectus muscles.’
    • ‘In their descent, the testes may become lodged in the perineum, inguinal canal, or abdomen.’
    • ‘There was invasion of the epineurium of retroperitoneal nerves, but no direct invasion of retroperitoneal or inguinal lymph nodes by the tumor.’


Late Middle English from Latin inguinalis, from inguen, inguin- ‘groin’.