diaphragm diaphragm  /ˈdaɪ əf ˌræm/


  1. (n) a mechanical device in a camera that controls size of aperture of the lens
  2. (n) (anatomy) a muscular partition separating the abdominal and thoracic cavities; functions in respiration
  3. (n) 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
  4. (n) electro-acoustic transducer that vibrates to receive or produce sound waves


  1. The diaphragm is bigger and more fragile.
  2. Early surgery for hernia consisted mainly of stitching the diaphragm to restore the hiatus to its natural, former size and putting the stomach back in place.
  3. The rings are of the same spring-reinforced design as the ring of a diaphragm, but there is no cap.


  • Lewiston baby needs help from community

    A Lewiston baby was diagnosed with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia weeks before he was born. Since then, he's had four surgeries.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: WIVB Buffalo


  1. "Donny had a different vibe than other people," MacDonald said during a break from visiting his son in Orlando, Fla. "Donny sang from his diaphragm. You heard the note come from deep within. It had different tone. Most singers sing from their...
    on Dec 13, 2009 By: Ralph MacDonald Source: Chicago Sun-Times

  2. "Before this, I didn't know where my diaphragm was," Danes says.
    on Oct 4, 2007 By: Claire Danes Source: Los Angeles Times

  3. Jarvik says he changed the shape of the heart to more closely mimic a human heart to solve the first problem, and invented a "multilayer blood pump diaphragm" to address the second.
    on Mar 9, 2008 By: Robert Jarvik Source: Salt Lake Tribune

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