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 [ing´gwen] (pl. in´guina) (L.)
the junctional region betwen the abdomen and thigh; either of the abdominal regions lateral to the suprapubic(hypogastric) region. Called also groin and iliac or inguinal region. adj., adj in´guinal.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


(groyn), [TA]
1. Topographic area of the inferior abdomen related to the inguinal canal, lateral to the pubic region. Synonym(s): inguen [TA], inguinal region ☆ , regio inguinalis ☆ , iliac region
2. Sometimes used to indicate only the crease in the junction of the thigh with the trunk.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012


Anatomy The crease or hollow at the junction of the inner part of each thigh with the trunk, together with the adjacent region and often including the external genitals.
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(groyn) [TA]
1. Synonym(s): inguinal region.
2. Sometimes used to indicate just the crease in the junction of the thigh with the trunk.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012


The area between the upper part of the thigh and the lower part of the abdomen. The groins slope outwards and upwards from the central pubic region and includes an obvious crease when the hip is flexed. The term is sometimes confused with loin, which is on the back between the lowest ribs and the back of the pelvis.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005


The fold that marks the meeting of the lower abdomen and the inner thigh.
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


(groyn) [TA]
1. Synonym(s): inguinal region.
2. Sometimes used to indicate just the crease in the junction of the thigh with the trunk.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about groin

Q. Hello,i had a right Inguinal 3/07,i have had pain ever since,now i have abdom.swellingandpainnGroin Hello,i had a right Inguinal 3/07,i have had pain ever since,2 weeks later a black and blue spot in my vein in my leg that hurt very bad, they did a ultra sound ,but said it was neg. for deep vein throm. but i have had the same type pain quit alott ever since,not black and blue though.Now i have abdom.swelling and pain n my Groin and inflamation on my sides and pain in my lower back ,all the inflamation started right after i had a large spasm in my incision,i have been having spasms in my incision that are really bad,i have had to have ice packs on ever since my surgery every day, i had the mesh put in w/staples,it seems like when i eat it just goes to my stomach and sits there and bloats up,i had my bowel blocked before i had my surgery.My test's are sensitive ever since surgery also...Can you please help?????

A. hmmm...the lower back pain might indicate kidney problems. is there a chance your surgery got infected? is it red and bloated? i would go and check kidney function and blood works. just in case.

Q. I have terrible pain in my groin area when i try to walk. Any clues?

A. Well, first of all, it depends on your gender, since men and women have different things in their groin...

Is the pain aggravated by coughing or straining? Do you feel any bulge?
In this case, it may be an inguinal hernia, which is quite common in men.

You can read more here (, and consulting a doctor may also be wise.

Q. A lump in my armpit Hi, Last week after the shower I found a small painful lump in my right groin. I went to see a doctor and he prescribed me some antibiotics. I’ve been taking it for 5 days and the lump is still there. I’m 31, usually healthy and work-out in the gym regularly, don’t smoke or use drugs and don’t take any medications. Is that dangerous? Should I go and see another doctor?

A. What you describe sounds like enlarged lymph node. The first diagnosis that’s suspected in such case is an infection that makes it painful. The antibiotics you take need several more days to act, so currently it doesn’t sound suspicious. If the lump persist, it’d be wise to consult you doctor

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This simulation has provided us with detailed information regarding the flow pattern, the velocity, and bed shear stress profiles of a groin. This adds to the effort of work done by others on different types of groins.
The parameters for case 2 of flows in a straight open channel with groin of 90[degrees] angle to the direction of flow were taken the same as the experiments by Rajaratnam and Nwachukwu [7].
Figure 2 shows the sketch of the flow domain for flows in a straight open channel with groin of 90[degrees] angled to the direction of flow which was performed under the same conditions of the experiments conducted by Rajaratnam and Nwachukwu [7].
The principal finding of this study was the association demonstrated between the incidences of groin strains/ osteitis pubis/hip injuries with knee ACL injuries in any given playing season.
No association has been demonstrated, or noticed, previously including in studies on knee ACL injuries and groin strains/osteitis pubis/hip injuries in Australian football.
The ground condition potentially either causing an increase in the incidence of ACL and groin injuries, or decreasing the incidence, is unable to be scientifically tested.
Stehman noted at the meeting that a previous study of 770 groins in 385 patients treated with inguinal femoral lymphadenectomy for vulvar cancer showed only one groin recurrence--representing a rate of 0.3% per patient or 0.1% per groin.
Three earlier series involving 240 patients found that 5% of patients developed recurrences in the groin following negative superficial inguinal lymphadenectomy, Dr.
The money will pay for filling-in the existing groin field so it stops catching sand, and then tapering or trimming the last three groins.
The maximum size of right and left groin nodes was 6 cm and 12 cm, respectively.
This case received neoadjuvant chemotherapy with two cycles of cisplatin plus 5-fluorouracil followed by concurrent chemoradiation of the pelvis before undergoing RLE with BGND to remove the residual primary tumor and for groin node evaluations.
The most common recurrence sites were in the groin node and vulvar regions.