Pertaining to an hiatus, an opening. An hiatal hernia occurs when a part of the stomach protrudes through the diaphragm at the opening where the esophagus normally passes through the diaphragm. "Hiatus" in Latin means an opening.
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Relating to a hiatus.

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hi·a·tal hī-'āt-əl adj of, relating to, or involving a hiatus

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  • hiatal — hiatal, ale, aux [ jatal; jatal, o ] adj. • déb. XXe; de hiatus ♦ Didact. Qui concerne un hiatus (2o). Hernie hiatale : hernie de l hiatus œsophagien. ● hiatal, hiatale, hiataux adjectif Qui concerne un hiatus anatomique. ● hiatal, hiatale,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • hiatal — hiatál adj. m. (sil. hi a ), pl. hiatáli; f. sg. hiatálă, pl. hiatále Trimis de siveco, 10.08.2004. Sursa: Dicţionar ortografic  HIATÁL, Ă adj. Referitor la hiat. [pron. hi a . / < …   Dicționar Român

  • hiatal — 1906, from stem of HIATUS (Cf. hiatus) + AL (Cf. al) (1) …   Etymology dictionary

  • hiatal — adjective Date: 1909 of, relating to, or involving a hiatus …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hiatal — See hiatus. * * * …   Universalium

  • hiatal — hi|a|tal <zu ↑Hiatus u. 1↑...al> einen Hiatus (1) bildend (Med.) …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • hiatal — hi·a·tal …   English syllables

  • hiatal — hi•a•tal [[t]haɪˈeɪ tl[/t]] adj. cvb of, pertaining to, or involving a hiatus • Etymology: 1905–10 …   From formal English to slang

  • hiatal — (ˈ)hī|ād.əl adjective Etymology: hiatus + al 1. : having a rock texture in which the sizes of the individual crystals do not vary in a continuous series but are in two or more series of marked differences 2. : hiatus …   Useful english dictionary

  • hiatal hernia — or hiatus hernia n. a hernia of part of the stomach into the opening in the diaphragm through which the esophagus passes * * * …   Universalium

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