phrenic artery

n.

An artery having its origin as the first paired branch from the abdominal aorta inferior to the diaphragm and with distribution to the diaphragm; inferior phrenic artery.
Either of a pair of small arteries given off from the thoracic aorta just superior to the diaphragm and with distribution to the diaphragm; superior phrenic artery.

Nearby words

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


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