splen·​ic ˈsple-nik How to pronounce splenic (audio)
: of, relating to, or located in the spleen
splenic blood flow

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The lioness had been undergoing chemotherapy treatment for splenic lymphoma since last October, the zoo said in a release. Michael Cabanatuan, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 Feb. 2023 The best perspective of the night came from ESPN analyst Ryan Clark, who was hospitalized for an extended period in 2007 with the Pittsburgh Steelers after suffering a splenic infarction. Joe Reedy, Chicago Tribune, 4 Jan. 2023 Ryan Clark, a former Steeler who was rushed from a 2007 game in Denver after suffering a splenic infarction, said on SportsCenter that in moments like this, the only thing that matters is Hamlin. Peter Weber, The Week, 3 Jan. 2023 The splenic tissue had been alive in Albert all this time. Douglas G Adler, Discover Magazine, 15 Apr. 2021 Family members said Denny, who was amassing a run of impressive credits in TV series such as The Shrink Next Door, Ratched and Curb Your Enthusiasm, died of a rare spontaneous splenic artery rupture in Santa Barbara. Mikey O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Jan. 2022 His wife, Robin Page, said the cause was a splenic artery aneurysm. New York Times, 16 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History


Latin splenicus, from Greek splēnikos, from splēn spleen

First Known Use

1619, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of splenic was in 1619

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Cite this Entry

“Splenic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/splenic. Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

Medical Definition


splen·​ic ˈsplen-ik How to pronounce splenic (audio)
: of, relating to, or located in the spleen
splenic blood flow
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