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parasympathetic

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

Definition of parasympathetic

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

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Origin and Etymology of parasympathetic

International Scientific Vocabulary


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parasympathetic

noun

Definition of parasympathetic

1 : a parasympathetic nerve

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First Known Use of parasympathetic

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 \

medical Definition of parasympathetic

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

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parasympathetic

noun

medical Definition of parasympathetic

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

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