Definition of phragma
phragmata\-mətə, -mətə\ also
1 : a septum or partial diaphragm; especially : an infolded part or inwardly extending process of the walls of the thorax of an insect or other arthropod
2 : a false dissepiment in a plant ovary
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Origin and Etymology of phragma
New Latin, from Greek phragma fence, from phrassein, phrattein to enclose, fence in — more at farce
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