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inlet

1. a narrow inland opening of the coastline
2. 
a. a passage, valve, or part through which a substance, esp a fluid, enters a device or machine
b. (as modifier): an inlet valve

inlet

[′in‚let]
(engineering)
An entrance or orifice for the admission of fluid.
(geography)
A short, narrow waterway connecting a bay or lagoon with the sea.
A recess or bay in the shore of a body of water.
A waterway flowing into a larger body of water.

inlet

An entrance or orifice for the admission of a fluid. The term normally is used with other words as a prefix, such as in inlet air, inlet air temperature, inlet casing, inlet duct, inlet guide van, inlet port, inlet valve, etc. See inlet case.
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Early division of tracheal suspensory ligament attachments with or without mobilization of the smaller lobe greatly increases the extent of superior traction on the substernal component, thereby facilitating delivery of the substernal pole through the thoracic inlet and identification of the recurrent laryngeal nerves.
It has been reported that localization of oesophageal foreign bodies in dogs was mostly at thoracic inlet or thoracic region (Moore, 2001; Thompson et al.
Radiographs of the airway above the thoracic inlet in the normal older child tend to be straightforward.
5 Accord-ing to this criteria, any thyroid enlargement of more than 2 cm identified below the thoracic inlet during operation, when the patient neck is held in exten-sion is termed as retrosternal goiter were included in the study.
Acute thoracic inlet obstruction in achalasia of the esophagus.
A small hiatal hernia was noted (figure, A), along with spontaneously elicited reflux to the thoracic inlet (figure, B).
1) Being located at the dorsal aspect of the thoracic inlet and apex of the chest, Pancoast tumor is mostly derived from neoplasms in 95% of patients and characterized by shoulder pain due to involvement of brachial plexus nerves, Horner's syndrome and atrophy of hand muscles.
In one case, granulomas were present within the pharynx, at the thoracic inlet and multifocally on the pleural surface.