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the lower portion of the esophagus, extending from the esophageal hiatus to the cardia, the upper orifice of the stomach.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
ab·dom·i·nal part of e·soph·a·gus[TA]
the portion of the esophagus from where it passes through the diaphragm to where it enters the stomach. See: esophagus.
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The portion of the esophagus from where it passes through the diaphragm to the stomach.
[epi- + G. kardia, heart]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012