[ sep-tuh m ]
/ 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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for 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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Word Origin and History for septum



"partition between the nostrils," 1690s, Modern Latin, from Latin saeptum "a fence, enclosure, partition," from neuter past participle of saepire "to hedge in," from saepes "hedge, fence." Related: Septal.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for 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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Science definitions for 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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