Crushing of a section of the phrenic nerve to produce a temporary paralysis of the diaphragm.
[phreni- + G. klasis, a breaking away]
phrenemphraxis(fren″em″frak′sĭs) [ phren- + Gr. emphraxis, stoppage]
Crushing of the phrenic nerve in order to induce temporary paralysis of the diaphragm, a therapeutic measure that was previously employed in treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis.