parasympathetic

adjective
para·​sym·​pa·​thet·​ic | \ ˌper-ə-ˌsim-pə-ˈthe-tik How to pronounce parasympathetic (audio) , ˌpa-rə-\

Definition of parasympathetic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

parasympathetic

noun

Definition of parasympathetic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a parasympathetic nerve

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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The parasympathetic system’s weird—that’s what the gas revs up. Nisi Shawl, Slate Magazine, "“Slippernet”," 22 Feb. 2017 It's related to the autonomic nervous system (ANS) and the balance between its branches - the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. NOLA.com, "Optimum Performance: How hard is too hard?," 9 June 2017 After a hard workout, the parasympathetic system dominates as the body demands rest. Charles Wallace, WSJ, "What’s Your Heart-Rate Variability? It May Be Time to Find Out," 25 June 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Those two arms are the parasympathetic and the sympathetic nervous systems, says Lawrence Creswell, a cardiac surgeon in Jackson, Miss., who studies sports cardiology. Charles Wallace, WSJ, "What’s Your Heart-Rate Variability? It May Be Time to Find Out," 25 June 2017

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First Known Use of parasympathetic

Adjective

1905, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1916, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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parasympathetic

adjective
para·​sym·​pa·​thet·​ic | \ ˌpar-ə-ˌsim-pə-ˈthet-ik How to pronounce parasympathetic (audio) \

Medical Definition of parasympathetic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, being, or acting on the parasympathetic nervous system parasympathetic fibers of the vascular wall parasympathetic drugs

parasympathetic

noun

Medical Definition of parasympathetic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a parasympathetic nerve this sacral group of parasympathetics supplies fibers to the external genitalia— A. C. Guyton

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