of the diaphragm.
like a diaphragm.

1650–60; < Greek diaphragmat- (stem of diáphragma diaphragm) + -ic

diaphragmatically, adverb
postdiaphragmatic, adjective
subdiaphragmatic, adjective
subdiaphragmatically, adverb
transdiaphragmatic, adjective
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diaphragm (ˈdaɪəˌfræm)
1.  anatomy any separating membrane, esp the dome-shaped muscular partition that separates the abdominal and thoracic cavities in mammalsRelated: phrenic
2.  a circular rubber or plastic contraceptive membrane placed over the mouth of the uterine cervix before copulation to prevent entrance of sperm
3.  any thin dividing membrane
4.  Also called: stop 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
5.  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
6.  chem
 a.  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
 b.  a semipermeable membrane used to separate two solutions in osmosis
7.  botany a transverse plate of cells that occurs in the stems of certain aquatic plants
Related: phrenic
[C17: from Late Latin diaphragma, from Greek, from dia- + phragma fence]

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