[ par-uh-sim-puh-thet-ik ]
/ ˌpær əˌsɪm pəˈθɛt ɪk /
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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.
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Example sentences from the Web for parasympathetic
Dispensing compassion can also activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which produces a calming effect.
It activates your parasympathetic nervous system and tells your body to relax and recuperate.
British Dictionary definitions for parasympathetic
/ (ˌpærəˌsɪmpəˈθɛtɪk) /
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, etcCompare sympathetic (def. 4)
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Medical definitions for parasympathetic
[ păr′ə-sĭm′pə-thĕt′ĭk ]
Of, relating to, or affecting the parasympathetic nervous system.
Other words from parasympatheticpar′a•sym′pa•thet′i•cal•ly adv.
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