- Anatomy. of or relating to the diaphragm.
- Physiology. relating to the mind or mental activity.
Origin of phrenic
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Examples from the Web for phrenic
The vagus, the phrenic, and the spinal nerves may also be pressed upon.
The symptoms are mainly those of peripheral neuritis with special implication of the phrenic and the pneumogastric nerves.
The phrenic arteries, two in number, pass to supply the under surface of the diaphragm.
Care must be taken not to injure the important nerves, particularly the accessory, the vagus, and the phrenic.
Have you not stimulated my phrenic nerves, besides ruining my digestion with a galvanic current round my stomach?The Captain of the Pole-Star and Other Tales
Arthur Conan Doyle
- of or relating to the diaphragm
- (as noun)the phrenic
- obsolete of or relating to the mind
C18: from New Latin phrenicus, from Greek phrēn mind, diaphragm
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Word Origin and History for phrenic
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accessory phrenic nerve
- Any of the accessory nerve strands that arise from the fifth cervical nerve, often as branches of the nerve to the subclavius, and pass downward to join the phrenic nerve.
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