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area of Laimer

Pronunciation: lī′mĕr

Definition: a triangular (or V-shaped) area on the posterior aspect of the proximal esophagus, with its apex directed inferiorly in the midline and the cricopharyngeus muscle forming its base, which is an area of weakness because of a near absence of longitudinal muscle; potential site of herniation of pharyngeal or esophageal mucosa.

Synonym(s): Laimer-Haeckerman area, V-shaped area of esophagus

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