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di·a·phragm

(dī'ă-fram),
1. The musculomembranous partition between the abdominal and thoracic cavities. Synonym(s): diaphragma (2) , interseptum, midriff, phren (1)
2. A thin disc pierced with an opening, used in a microscope, camera, or other optic instrument to shut out the marginal rays of light, thus giving a more direct illumination.
3. A flexible ring covered with a domed sheet of elastic material used in the vagina to prevent pregnancy.
4. In radiography, a grid (2) or a lead sheet with an aperture.
[G. diaphragma]

di·a·phragm

(dī'ă-fram) [TA]
1. The musculomembranous partition between the abdominal and thoracic cavities.
Synonym(s): diaphragma (2) [TA] , midriff.
2. A thin disc pierced with an opening, used in a microscope, camera, or other optic instrument to shut out the marginal rays of light, thus giving a more direct illumination.
3. A flexible ring covered with a dome-shaped sheet of elastic material placed in the vagina to prevent pregnancy.
4. radiography A grid (2).
[G. diaphragma]

midriff

  1. the middle part of the human body between chest and waist.
  2. (in anatomy) the DIAPHRAGM.
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