phrenic nerve

noun

Medical Definition of phrenic nerve

: a general motor and sensory nerve on each side of the body that arises chiefly from the fourth cervical nerve, passes down through the thorax to the diaphragm, and supplies or gives off branches supplying especially the pericardium, pleura, and diaphragm

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“Phrenic nerve.” The Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/phrenic%20nerve. Accessed 29 January 2020.

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