Septa (singular: septum) are anatomical or pathological sheet-like structures that subdivide a component of normal anatomy or a lesion.
Septa is the plural of the Latin word septum. Septae and septi are erroneous forms and are not words in English, nor correct plurals in Latin 2. Septation is frequently used as a synonym for septum, but this is strictly incorrect. Instead, septation ideally is used to describe the dividing up of a lesion or anatomical space by a septum/septa.
History and etymology
In Latin septum means a fence, hence its customary medical usage.
- 1. William Alexander Newman Dorland. Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary. (2018) ISBN: 9781416023647
- 2. Lysanets YV, Bieliaieva OM. The use of Latin terminology in medical case reports: quantitative, structural, and thematic analysis. (2018) Journal of medical case reports. 12 (1): 45. doi:10.1186/s13256-018-1562-x - Pubmed
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