1. A gap or interruption in space, time, or continuity; a break.
2. (Linguistics).. slight pause that occurs when two immediately adjacent vowels in consecutive syllables are pronounced, as in reality and naive.
3. (Anatomy).. a separation, aperture, fissure, or short passage in an organ or body part.
[Latin hitus, from past participle of hire, to gape.]
hiatal | adj.
hi·a·tus·es or hiatus | pl