Anatomy. of or relating to the diaphragm.
Physiology. relating to the mind or mental activity.

Nearby words

  1. phren.,
  2. phrenalgia,
  3. phrenemphraxis,
  4. phrenetic,
  5. phreni-,
  6. phrenic artery,
  7. phrenic ganglion,
  8. phrenic nerve,
  9. phrenicectomy,
  10. phreniclasia

Origin of phrenic

From the New Latin word phrenicus, dating back to 1695–1705. See phren-, -ic

Related formspost·phren·ic, adjectivesub·phren·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for phrenic



  1. of or relating to the diaphragm
  2. (as noun)the phrenic
obsolete of or relating to the mind

Word Origin for phrenic

C18: from New Latin phrenicus, from Greek phrēn mind, diaphragm

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Word Origin and History for phrenic



"pertaining to the diaphragm," 1704, from Modern Latin phrenicus, from Greek phren "diaphragm, mind" (see phreno-) + -ic.

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Medicine definitions for phrenic


[frĕnĭk, frēnĭk]


Of or relating to the mind.
Of or relating to the diaphragm.

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