In*car`cer*a"tion (?), n. [Cf. F. incarc'eration.]
The act of confining, or the state of being confined; imprisonment.
2. Med. (a)
Formerly, strangulation, as in hernia.
A constriction of the hernial sac, rendering it irreducible, but not great enough to cause strangulation.
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