from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Anatomy A muscular membranous partition separating the abdominal and thoracic cavities and functioning in respiration. Also called midriff.
- n. A membranous part that divides or separates.
- n. A thin disk, especially in a microphone or telephone receiver, that vibrates in response to sound waves to produce electric signals, or that vibrates in response to electric signals to produce sound waves.
- n. A contraceptive device consisting of a thin flexible disk, usually made of rubber, that is designed to cover the uterine cervix to prevent the entry of sperm during sexual intercourse.
- n. A disk having a fixed or variable opening used to restrict the amount of light traversing a lens or optical system.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. In mammals, a sheet of muscle separating the thorax from the abdomen, contracted and relaxed in respiration to draw air into and expel air from the lungs; also called thoracic diaphragm.
- n. Any of various membranes or sheets of muscle or ligament which separate one cavity from another.
- n. A contraceptive device consisting of a flexible cup, used to cover the cervix during intercourse.
- n. A flexible membrane separating two chambers and fixed around its periphery that distends into one or other chamber depending on the as the difference in the pressure in the chambers varies.
- n. In a speaker, the thin, semi-rigid membrane which vibrates to produce sound.
- n. A thin opaque structure with a central aperture, used to limit the passage of light into a camera or similar device.
- n. A permeable or semipermeable membrane
- n. A floor slab, metal wall panel, roof panel or the like, havig a sufficiently large in-plane shear stiffness and sufficient strength to transmit horizontal forces to resisting systems.
- v. To reduce lens aperture using an optical diaphragm.
- v. To act as a diaphragm, for example by vibrating.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A dividing membrane or thin partition, commonly with an opening through it.
- n. The muscular and tendinous partition separating the cavity of the chest from that of the abdomen; the midriff.
- n. A calcareous plate which divides the cavity of certain shells into two parts.
- n. A plate with an opening, which is generally circular, used in instruments to cut off marginal portions of a beam of light, as at the focus of a telescope.
- n. A partition in any compartment, for various purposes.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To interpose in the path of a beam of light, or in the field of an optical instrument, a screen containing an aperture; specifically, in photography, to reduce the aperture of an objective by the use of a diaphragm.
- n. A partition; something which divides or separates. Specifically
- n. In mech.: A thin piece, generally of metal, serving as a partition, or for some other special purpose: as, the vibrating diaphragm of a telephone, for the communication of transmitted sounds, A ring, or a plate pierced with a circular hole so arranged as to fall in the axis of the instrument, used in optical instruments to cut off marginal beams of light, as in a camera or a telescope.
- n. In anatomy, the midriff; the museulomembranous partition which separates the thoracic from the abdominal cavity in mammals.
- n. In cryptogamic botany, in Equisetum, a transverse partition in the stem at the node; in Selaginella and its allies, a layer separating the prothallium from the cavity of the macrospore; in Characeæ, a constriction formed by the enveloping cells near the tip of the oögonium.
- n. In conchology, a septum or shelf-like plate extending into the cavity of a shell, more or less partitioning it.
- n. A thin ring or plate, pierced with a hole which is usually, but not always, circular.
- n. A sheet or disk of flexible material, confined at the edges, but free to yield to pressure on one side or the other: used in regulating-devices where pressure is one element, and to operate valves by a pressure from a distance.
- n. In tunnel-work, a partition separating the working-face from the first chamber.
- n. In statistical mechanics, a portion of space, separating two ensembles of systems of molecules, such that there is no interchange of particles between the two.
- n. In pathology, a membranous structure which partly or completely closes the lumen of a tube or cavity: as, inherited diaphragm of the larynx.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a mechanical device in a camera that controls size of aperture of the lens
- 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
- n. electro-acoustic transducer that vibrates to receive or produce sound waves
- n. (anatomy) a muscular partition separating the abdominal and thoracic cavities; functions in respiration
The term diaphragm can also refer to a small flexible cap, usually made of rubber, that fits over the cervix and is used for contraception.
In Handbook for Scientific Photography (1977), Alfred A. Blaker wrote: As the substage diaphragm is closed, the depth of field increases (as when you close the diaphragm of your camera lens) ...
Hopefully Elaine's diaphragm is still in good shape, although she may want to cut back a bit on unnecessary usage so it doesn't wear out before the new ones are available.
(I don't think they sell directly to consumers) Their diaphragm is a slightly different diaphragm from Ortho's, and has a wider rim.
I for one think that a non-latex diaphragm is a great idea.
Yes, from what I was told, a new less allergenic diaphragm is just around the corner.
As if my diaphragm is being played cos it make me feel a little breathless.
The bladder size compared to the diaphragm is so much larger and has much more of a chance of developing a pinhole.
In fact, the ancient Greeks used the word “diaphragm” for both the mind and the muscle that we call the diaphragm.
These muscles are sometimes termed the diaphragm of the pelvis.