Anatomy. of or relating to the diaphragm.
Physiology. relating to the mind or mental activity.
Origin of phrenic
Related formspost·phren·ic, adjectivesub·phren·ic, adjective
From the New Latin
dating back to 1695–1705.
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Related Words for phrenicmental
Examples from the Web for phrenic
Historical Examples of 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?
British Dictionary definitions for phrenic
- of or relating to the diaphragm
- (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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Of or relating to the mind.
Of or relating to the diaphragm.
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