phrenic

[ fren-ik ]
/ ˈfrɛn ɪk /

adjective

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

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Origin of phrenic

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

OTHER WORDS FROM phrenic

post·phren·ic, adjectivesub·phren·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for phrenic

phrenic
/ (ˈfrɛnɪk) /

adjective

  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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Medical definitions for phrenic

phrenic
[ frĕnĭk, frēnĭk ]

adj.

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