Definition of phasic in English:


Syllabification: pha·sic
Pronunciation: /ˈfāzik


  • 1Of or relating to a phase or phases.
  • 1.1chiefly Physiology Characterized by occurrence in phases rather than continuously: phasic and tonic stretch reflexes
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    • Presumably, this airway collapse is due to falling pharyngeal muscle tone as the phasic afferent breathing-associated neural drive to these muscles declines as a central apnea develops.
    • Davidson has further emphasized that ‘affective chronometry’, or individual differences in tonic activation and phasic reactivity in this circuit, play an important role in governing different aspects of anxiety.
    • In addition to several specific tasks concerning the components of tonic and phasic alertness and selective, divided, and sustained attention, we presented a working memory test.

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