sep·​tum | \ ˈsep-təm How to pronounce septum (audio) \
plural septa\ ˈsep-​tə How to pronounce septa (audio) \

Definition of septum

: a dividing wall or membrane especially between bodily spaces or masses of soft tissue — compare dissepiment

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Bad Bunny said from Puerto Rico, beating his chest in a yellow hoodie and two nose rings (nostril, septum), in between bites of a hefty calzone. Joe Coscarelli, New York Times, "How J Balvin and Bad Bunny Made Their Surprise Album, ‘Oasis’," 28 June 2019 Paired with her septum ring and earrings, Erivo's brows look more like stunning pieces of jewelry than makeup. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Met Gala 2018: Cynthia Erivo Brings Bejeweled Brow Art to the Red Carpet," 7 May 2018 Interventricular septum, tricuspid valve, papillary muscles. Megan Stielstra, Longreads, "Here is My Heart," 19 Apr. 2018 Tilberg’s raven hair and septum piercing became ubiquitous in editorials, ushering in fashion’s love affair with edgy beauty. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "At 38, Tasha Tilberg Is Once Again the Model of the Moment," 14 Mar. 2018 In extreme cases, picking could even damage the nasal septum, which is the thin layer of cartilage separating your two nostrils, Ramakrishnan says. Markham Heid, Time, "You Asked: Is It Bad To Pick Your Nose?," 28 Feb. 2018 The hairline and the brow ridge, Deschamps-Braly felt, should be five to six centimetres apart; the eyebrows should be about sixty-five millimetres from the tip of the nose; the nasal septum should be about fifteen millimetres from the upper lip. Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, "The Story of a Trans Woman’s Face," 12 Mar. 2018 The same doesn't apply to septum piercings, though. Devon Abelman, Allure, "I Got My Septum Pierced, and It Hurt So Much More Than I Thought It Would," 16 Feb. 2018 Some chronic sinus infection causes include nasal polyps, a deviated nasal septum, allergies, and other medical conditions, according to the Mayo Clinic. Amy Marturana, SELF, "14 Sinus Infection Signs and Symptoms You Need to Know," 25 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of septum

1698, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for septum

New Latin, from Latin saeptum enclosure, fence, wall, from saepire to fence in, from saepes fence, hedge

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sep·​tum | \ ˈsep-təm How to pronounce septum (audio) \
plural septa\ -​tə How to pronounce septa (audio) \

Medical Definition of septum

: a dividing wall or membrane especially between bodily spaces or masses of soft tissue: as

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