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Related to hiatus semilunaris: Ethmoidal bulla, Frontonasal duct, Ostiomeatal Unit

hiatus

A break or gap. In discussions of land, an area of land that lies between two parcels but appears from legal descriptions and public records to not be a part of either.

Example: A parcel 1,000 feet by 1,000 feet has been divided. In writing the deeds, though, parcel C's description started at the southeast corner and proceeded northward only 495 feet rather than the full 500 feet necessary to meet the boundary with parcel B. The missing 5 feet is the hiatus. A court might hold that property C's grantor still owns the 5-foot parcel, or it might reform the deed, or it might find that the owner of parcel B adversely possessed the 5-foot parcel.

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The ostium was in the lower portion of the hiatus semilunaris inferior, which is the entrance to the ethmoid infundibulum.
An ethmoid bulla ostium opened into the hiatus semilunaris superior (figure, B and C).
2] In our experience, the opening into the hiatus semilunaris superior is not always easy to locate and can often be found convincingly only after the anterior wall of the ethmoid bulla is carefully removed and the opening is gently probed with a ball-tipped Lusk seeker.