When you breathe, what does your diaphragm do?Dear Erin:
The diaphragm diaphragm (dī`əfrăm'), term used to describe any of several large muscles, found in humans and other mammals, which separate two adjacent regions of the body. The most commonly known muscle of this class is the thoraco-abdominal diaphragm. (DIE-uh-fram) is a large, dome-shaped sheet of muscle under your lungs. This powerful muscle almost divides your body in half between the chest cavity (containing the heart and lungs) and the abdomen abdomen, in humans and other vertebrates, portion of the trunk between the diaphragm and lower pelvis. In humans the wall of the abdomen is a muscular structure covered by fascia, fat, and skin. (which contains the stomach, intestines Intestines
The intestines, also known as the bowels, are divided into the large and small intestines. They extend from the stomach to the anus.
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The diaphragm is one of the main muscles we use to breathe. As you breathe in Verb 1. breathe in - draw in (air); "Inhale deeply"; "inhale the fresh mountain air"; "The patient has trouble inspiring"; "The lung cancer patient cannot inspire air very well"
inhale, inspire , the diaphragm contracts and pulls down, allowing the lungs to fill with air. Then the diaphragm relaxes, causing it to expand and arch upwards as we breathe out. This helps push some of the air out of the lungs through the nose.