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hiatus esophageus

hiatus esophageus in Medicine

hiatus esophageus hiatus e·so·pha·ge·us (ē'sə-fā'jē-əs)
n.
The opening in the diaphragm between the central tendon and the aortic foramen through which the esophagus and the two vagus nerves pass.

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