- 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 semipermeable membrane.
verb (used with object)
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Origin of diaphragm
Words nearby diaphragm
Example sentences from the Web for diaphragm
Bowie suffered a ruptured thoracic diaphragm from a medical implant in 2016, and he has required a constant stream of oxygen to stay alive since.In Texas, a former big league pitcher needs an oxygen machine to live. That requires power.|Dave Sheinin|February 18, 2021|Washington Post
I still use the diaphragm and my boyfriend complains about a burning sensation when we have sex.What It Means When Your Wife Says She Slept With George Clooney|Eugene Robinson|December 8, 2020|Ozy
The blade pierced his liver and diaphragm, missing his heart and aorta by a fraction of an inch.Thank God the Murrysville School Attack Wasn’t Guns|Michael Daly|April 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
After Mrs. Butterfield retreats upstairs, she goes to have sex with her husband, only to realize that Jade has her diaphragm.What the New ‘Endless Love’s Fireplace Sex Scene Is Missing|Sujay Kumar|February 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Could prescription birth control—whether the pill, an IUD, or a diaphragm—soon be free of cost for most American women?
Lane put his hand into the abdominal incision and squeezed the heart through the diaphragm.Essays In Pastoral Medicine|Austin Malley
The diaphragm is peculiar in that it is somewhat circular in shape and is more or less tendinous or sinew-like in the middle.
Were the diaphragm to contract moderately the ribs would be but little drawn in, even if no muscles acted as antagonists.
The diaphragm being concave below toward the abdomen, the contents of this cavity fit closely to its under surface.
The chest is enlarged by the muscles of inspiration, the principal of which is the diaphragm or midriff.
British Dictionary definitions for diaphragm
- 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
Derived forms of diaphragmdiaphragmatic (ˌdaɪəfræɡˈmætɪk), adjectivediaphragmatically, adverb
Word Origin for diaphragm
Medical definitions for diaphragm
Other words from diaphragmdi′a•phrag•mat′ic (-frăg-măt′ĭk) adj.
Scientific definitions for diaphragm
Cultural definitions for diaphragm
A dome-shaped structure made up of muscle and connective tissue that separates the abdominal cavity from the thorax and functions in respiration. By movement of the diaphragm, air is either drawn into the lungs or forced out of them.