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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How to use parasympathetic in a sentence
The extra weight and pressure on the body helps trigger your parasympathetic nervous system, which lowers your heart rate and sort of switches your fight-or-flight response off.
Normally, the parasympathetic nervous system, which acts like a break on the fight-or-flight response, should kick into gear, returning the body to homeostasis.Extreme wildfires are taking a toll on the mental health of firefighters | Isobel Whitcomb | December 20, 2021 | Popular-Science
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
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 (def. 4)
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