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[par-uh-sim-puh-thet-ik] /ˌpær əˌsɪm pəˈθɛt ɪk/
adjective, Anatomy, Physiology,
pertaining to that part of the autonomic nervous system consisting of nerves and ganglia that arise from the cranial and sacral regions and function in opposition to the sympathetic system, as in inhibiting heartbeat or contracting the pupil of the eye.
Origin of parasympathetic
First recorded in 1900-05; para-1 + sympathetic Unabridged
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(anatomy, physiol) of or relating to the division of the autonomic nervous system that acts in opposition to the sympathetic system by slowing the heartbeat, constricting the bronchi of the lungs, stimulating the smooth muscles of the digestive tract, etc Compare sympathetic (sense 4)
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Word Origin and History for parasympathetic

1905, from para- (1) "beside" + sympathetic.

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parasympathetic in Medicine

parasympathetic par·a·sym·pa·thet·ic (pār'ə-sĭm'pə-thět'ĭk)
Of, relating to, or affecting the parasympathetic nervous system.

par'a·sym'pa·thet'i·cal·ly adv.
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