phrenic

adjective
phren·​ic | \ ˈfre-nik How to pronounce phrenic (audio) \

Definition of phrenic

1 : of or relating to the diaphragm
2 : of or relating to the mind

Examples of phrenic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For severe cases, your doctor might even try injecting an anesthetic to influence how your phrenic nerve behaves. Claire Gillespie, SELF, "Here's What Hiccups Actually Are—and How to Get Rid of Them," 4 May 2018 Those include drugs that target serotonin receptors and a device that electrically stimulates the phrenic nerve to force diaphragm movement and maintain breathing. Max Blau, STAT, "The next naloxone? Companies, academics search for better overdose-reversal drugs," 10 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of phrenic

1685, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for phrenic

borrowed from new Latin phrenicus, from Late Latin phren-, phrēn "midriff, diaphragm, mind" (usually in plural phrenes) (borrowed from Greek phren-, phrḗn) + Latin -icus -ic entry 1 — more at frenetic

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“Phrenic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phrenic. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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phrenic

adjective
phren·​ic | \ ˈfren-ik How to pronounce phrenic (audio) \

Medical Definition of phrenic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to the diaphragm

phrenic

noun

Medical Definition of phrenic (Entry 2 of 2)

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