septum

[sep-tuhm]
noun, plural septa [sep-tuh] . Biology.
a dividing wall, membrane, or the like, in a plant or animal structure; dissepiment.

Origin:
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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septum (ˈsɛptəm)
 
n , pl -ta
1.  biology, anatomy a dividing partition between two tissues or cavities
2.  a dividing partition or membrane between two cavities in a mechanical device
 
[C18: from Latin saeptum wall, from saepīre to enclose; related to Latin saepēs a fence]

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septum
"partition between the nostrils," 1698, Mod.L., from L. sæptum "a fence," from neut. pp. of sæpire "to hedge in," from sæpes "hedge, fence."
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septum sep·tum (sěp'təm)
n. pl. sep·ta (-tə)

  1. A thin partition or membrane dividing two cavities or soft masses of tissue in an organism.

  2. The septum pellucidum.

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septum   (sěp'təm)  Pronunciation Key 
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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Example sentences
The septum of his nose had cracked from the cold, bleeding a little, and
  leaving a small red icicle.
To the uninitiated, a lusty whiff of the stuff brings an uppercut to the septum.
When inhaled regularly over long periods of time, it can cause cancer of the
  lung and the septum.
The septal cartilage does not reach as far as the lowest part of the nasal
  septum.
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