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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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Anatomical variations in the formation of the human esophageal hiatus.
Moreover, because the Z-line is in the plane of the esophageal hiatus or up to 2 cm above this, and if it is then considered that the organ seen below this line is the stomach, this simply ignores the existence of the abdominal segment of the esophagus, which has a length of approximately 1 to 2 cm (Williams et al.
The fourth narrowing occurs where the esophagus passes through the diaphragm at the esophageal hiatus.
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