What is diaphragm?

  • (noun): (anatomy) a muscular partition separating the abdominal and thoracic cavities; functions in respiration.
    Synonyms: midriff
    See also — Additional definitions below


Diaphragm (Ancient Greek: διάφραγμα diáphragma "partition") may refer to any of the following:

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Some articles on diaphragm:

Chlorine Production - Gas Extraction - Diaphragm Cell Electrolysis (Bipolar)
... In diaphragm cell electrolysis, an asbestos (or polymer-fiber) diaphragm separates a cathode and an anode, preventing the chlorine forming at the anode from re-mixing with the sodium hydroxide and the ... The cells vary in construction and placement of the diaphragm, with some having the diaphragm in direct contact with the cathode ... (brine) is continuously fed to the anode compartment and flows through the diaphragm to the cathode compartment, where the caustic alkali is produced and the brine is partially depleted ...
Septum Transversum - Innervation
... During embryonic development of the thoracic diaphragm, myoblast cells from the septum invade the other components of the diaphragm ... and sensory innervation of the muscular diaphragm by the phrenic nerve ...
Diaphragm - Other
... Thoracic diaphragm, a thin sheet of muscle under the lungs Diaphragm (contraceptive), a small rubber dome placed in the vagina to wall off the cervix, thus preventing sperm from entering ...
SILCS Diaphragm
... The SILCS diaphragm is a silicone barrier contraceptive device which is inserted vaginally to cover the cervix ... It functions identically to a normal contraceptive diaphragm, but avoids the need for many sizes and a pelvic exam for a correct fit it is designed as a "one size fits most" device ... results from studies of current and former diaphragm users and clinicians to improve acceptability and satisfaction ...
Muscles Of Respiration - Diaphragm
... Diaphragm Respiratory system Latin diaphragma Gray's subject #117 404 The diaphragm is crucial for breathing and respiration ... During inhalation, the diaphragm contracts, thus enlarging the thoracic cavity (the external intercostal muscles also participate in this enlargement) ... When the diaphragm relaxes, air is exhaled by elastic recoil of the lung and the tissues lining the thoracic cavity in conjunction with the abdominal muscles ...

More definitions of "diaphragm":

  • (noun): A contraceptive device consisting of a flexible dome-shaped cup made of rubber or plastic; it is filled with spermicide and fitted over the uterine cervix.
    Synonyms: pessary, contraceptive diaphragm
  • (noun): Electro-acoustic transducer that vibrates to receive or produce sound waves.
  • (noun): A mechanical device in a camera that controls size of aperture of the lens.
    Example: "The new cameras adjust the diaphragm automatically"
    Synonyms: stop