phren

noun \ ˈfren , ˈfrēn \

Definition of phren

plural phrenes \ˈfrē(ˌ)nēz\
: diaphragm 1

There's more!

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!
Already a subscriber? Log in.

Origin and Etymology of phren

New Latin, from Greek phren-, phrēn diaphragm, mind


phren-

combining form
variants: or phreni- or phreno-

Definition of phren-

1 : mind
  • phrenology
2 a : diaphragm
  • phrenic
b : diaphragmatic and
  • phrenocardiac
3 : phrenic nerve
  • phreniclasia

Origin and Etymology of phren-

Latin phren-, from Greek phren-, phreno-, from phren-, phrēn diaphragm, mind


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up phren? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to remove or wipe out

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!