/free at"ik/, adj. Geol.
1. noting or pertaining to ground water.
2. noting or pertaining to explosive volcanic activity involving steam derived from ground water: a phreatic explosion.
[1890-95; < Gk phreat- (s. of phréar) artificial well + -IC]

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