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a muscular, membranous or ligamentous wall separating two cavities or limiting a cavity.

the partition separating the thoracic cavity from the abdominal cavity in mammals.

a porous plate separating two liquids, as in a galvanic cell.

a thin disk that vibrates when receiving or producing sound waves, as in a telephone, microphone, speaker, or the like.

Also calledpessary. a thin, dome-shaped device, usually of rubber, for wearing over the uterine cervix during sexual intercourse to prevent conception.

a plate with a hole in the center or a ring that is placed on the axis of an optical instrument, as a camera, and that controls the amount of light entering the instrument.

a plate or web for stiffening metal-framed constructions.

to reduce the aperture of (a lens, camera, etc.) by means of a diaphragm.

the diaphragm, midriff, equivalent to

Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.Cite This SourceExamples from the Web fordiaphragmExpandContemporary Examples

The blade pierced his liver anddiaphragm, missing his heart and aorta by a fraction of an inch.

After Mrs. Butterfield retreats upstairs, she goes to have sex with her husband, only to realize that Jade has herdiaphragm.

Could prescription birth controlwhether the pill, an IUD, or adiaphragmsoon be free of cost for most American women?

The voice was concentrated upon it by means of a mouthpiece and adiaphragm.

The character of thediaphragmis best observed in year-old canes.

Underneath the stage, which is pierced by a circular aperture, is adiaphragm.

It has adiaphragmprovided centrally with a blunt pin, or stylus.

The pleura anddiaphragmalso showed a good deal of disease and some adhesion.

Deciding he could only play it by ear, he pulled in hisdiaphragmand rang the bell.

He relaxed the muscles of hisdiaphragm, and reached for pencil and paper.

) any separating membrane, esp the dome-shaped muscular partition that separates the abdominal and thoracic cavities in mammals

a circular rubber or plastic contraceptive membrane placed over the mouth of the uterine cervix before copulation to prevent entrance of sperm

a disc with a fixed or adjustable aperture to control the amount of light or other radiation entering an optical instrument, such as a camera

a thin disc that vibrates when receiving or producing sound waves, used to convert sound signals to electrical signals or vice versa in telephones, etc

a porous plate or cylinder dividing an electrolytic cell, used to permit the passage of ions and prevent the mixing of products formed at the electrodes

a semipermeable membrane used to separate two solutions in osmosis

) a transverse plate of cells that occurs in the stems of certain aquatic plants

Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition

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Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012Cite This SourceWord Origin and History fordiaphragmExpandn.

late 14c., from Late Latindiaphragma, from Greekdiaphragmapartition, barrier, muscle which divides the thorax from the abdomen, fromdiaphrasseinto barricade, fromdia-across (seedia-) +phrasseinto fence or hedge in. The native word ismidriff. Meaning contraceptive cap is from 1933.

A musculomembranous partition separating the abdominal and thoracic cavities and functioning in respiration. Also calledmidriff.

A membranous part that divides or separates.

A contraceptive device consisting of a thin flexible disk, usually made of rubber, that is designed to cover the uterine cervix to prevent the entry of sperm during sexual intercourse.

A disk having a fixed or variable opening used to restrict the amount of light traversing a lens or optical system.

Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.Cite This Sourcediaphragmin ScienceExpanddiaphragm(də-frm)

The large muscle that separates the chest cavity from the abdominal cavity in mammals and is the principal muscle of respiration. As the diaphragm contracts and moves downward, the lungs expand and air moves into them. As the diaphragm relaxes and moves upward, the lungs contract and air is forced out of them.

A thin, flexible disk, especially in a microphone or telephone receiver, that vibrates in response to sound waves to produce electrical signals, or that vibrates in response to electrical signals to produce sound waves.

A contraceptive device consisting of a thin flexible disk, usually made of rubber, that is designed to cover the cervix of the uterus to prevent the entry of sperm during sexual intercourse.

An optical device in a camera or telescope that regulates the amount of light that enters the lens or optical system. The diaphragm consists of a disk with a circular opening of variable diameter.

Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.Cite This Sourcediaphragmin CultureExpanddiaphragm[(deye-uh-fram)]

A dome-shaped structure made up of muscle andconnective tissuethat separates theabdominal cavityfrom thethoraxand functions inrespiration. By movement of the diaphragm, air is either drawn into thelungsor forced out of them.

can also refer to a small flexible cap, usually made of rubber, that fits over thecervixand is used forcontraception.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition

Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

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