[ hahy-ey-tuhs ]
/ ha瑟藞e瑟 t蓹s /
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noun, plural hi路a路tus路es, hi路a路tus.
a break or interruption in the continuity of a work, series, action, etc.
a missing part; gap or lacuna: Scholars attempted to account for the hiatus in the medieval manuscript.
any gap or opening.
Grammar, Prosody. the coming together, with or without break or slight pause, and without contraction, of two vowels in successive words or syllables, as in see easily.
Anatomy. a natural fissure, cleft, or foramen in a bone or other structure.
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Origin of hiatus

1555鈥65; <Latin hi膩tus opening, gap, equivalent to hi膩(re) to gape, open + -tus suffix of v. action


hi路a路tal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hiatus

/ (ha瑟藞e瑟t蓹s) /

noun plural -tuses or -tus
(esp in manuscripts) a break or gap where something is missing
a break or interruption in continuity
a break between adjacent vowels in the pronunciation of a word
anatomy a natural opening or aperture; foramen
anatomy a less common word for vulva

Derived forms of hiatus

hiatal, adjective

Word Origin for hiatus

C16: from Latin: gap, cleft, aperture, from hi膩re to gape, yawn
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Medical definitions for hiatus

[ h墨-膩t蓹s ]

n. pl. hiatus
An aperture or fissure in an organ or a body part.
A foramen.

Other words from hiatus

hi鈥tal adj.
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