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parasympathetic

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adjective para·sym·pa·thet·ic \ˌpa-rə-ˌsim-pə-ˈthe-tik\

Definition of parasympathetic

  1. :  of, relating to, being, or acting on the parasympathetic nervous system



Origin of parasympathetic

International Scientific Vocabulary


First Known Use: 1905


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parasympathetic

noun para·sym·pa·thet·ic

Definition of parasympathetic

  1. 1 :  a parasympathetic nerve

  2. 2 :  parasympathetic nervous system



1925

First Known Use of parasympathetic

1925


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