septum

[ sep-tuhm ]
/ ˈsɛp təm /

noun, plural sep·ta [sep-tuh]. /ˈsɛp tə/. Biology.

a dividing wall, membrane, or the like, in a plant or animal structure; dissepiment.

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Origin of septum

1710–20; <Latin sēptum, variant of saeptum enclosure, noun use of neuter of saeptus (past participle of saepīre to fence); akin to saepēs hedge, fence
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British Dictionary definitions for septum

septum
/ (ˈsɛptəm) /

noun plural -ta (-tə)

biology anatomy a dividing partition between two tissues or cavities
a dividing partition or membrane between two cavities in a mechanical device

Word Origin for septum

C18: from Latin saeptum wall, from saepīre to enclose; related to Latin saepēs a fence
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Medical definitions for septum

septum
[ sĕptəm ]

n. pl. sep•ta (-tə)

A thin partition or membrane dividing two cavities or soft masses of tissue in an organism.
The septum pellucidum.
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Scientific definitions for septum

septum
[ sĕptəm ]

Plural septa

A thin wall or membrane that separates two parts or structures in an organism. Septae separate the chambers of the heart and subdivide the hyphae of some fungi.
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