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From Latin sēptum, alternative form of saeptum (enclosure, hedge, fence), from saeptus, perfect passive participle of saepiō (hedge in, enclose).



septum (plural septa or septums or septae)

  1. (anatomy) A wall separating two cavities; a partition
    • 2002, Springhouse, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Illustrated Manual of Nursing Practice, page 1158
      Deviated septum, a shift from the midline that commonly occurs in normal growth, is present in most adults.
  2. (botany) A partition that separates the cells of a fruit.
  3. (mycology) A partition that separates the cells of a (septated) fungus.
  4. (zoology) One of the radial calcareous plates of a coral.
  5. (zoology) One of the transverse partitions dividing the shell of a mollusk, or of a rhizopod, into several chambers.
  6. (zoology) One of the transverse partitions dividing the body cavity of an annelid.

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sēptum n (genitive sēptī); second declension

  1. Alternative form of saeptum


Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative sēptum sēpta
genitive sēptī sēptōrum
dative sēptō sēptīs
accusative sēptum sēpta
ablative sēptō sēptīs
vocative sēptum sēpta


  • septum in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • septum in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “septum”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • septum” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)