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an opening, gap, or cleft. adj., adj hia´tal.
aortic hiatus (hiatus aor´ticus) the opening in the diaphragm through which the aorta and thoracic duct pass.
esophageal hiatus (hiatus esophage´us) the opening in the diaphragm for the passage of the esophagus and the vagus nerves.
the opening in the diaphragm, at the level of vertebra T12, bounded by the two crura, the vertebral column, and the median arcuate ligament, through which the aorta and thoracic duct pass.
An opening in the diaphragm through which pass the aorta and the thoracic duct.
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