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

Examples of parasympathetic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In addition, heart rate was higher, insulin resistance rose, and the sympathetic (fight or flight) and parasympathetic (rest and relax) nervous systems were unbalanced, which has been linked to higher blood pressure in healthy people. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 14 Mar. 2022 Training the vagus nerve and our parasympathetic response is important for runners for a number of reasons, including research that blends together both performance improvements and prescribing when to tackle harder workouts. Justin Ross, Outside Online, 13 May 2020 The only way the recovery process can take place is through activation of the parasympathetic aspect of your autonomic nervous system. Dana Santas, CNN, 30 June 2021 Yoga is a parasympathetic activation exercise that helps with digestion, blood flow and more. Womensmedia, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2021 Another is that the switch from negative to positive emotions quiets your sympathetic nervous system – which triggers the fight-or-flight response – and activates the parasympathetic system, which acts more like a brake on strong emotions. The Conversation, oregonlive, 29 Dec. 2020 Another is that the switch from negative to positive emotions quiets your sympathetic nervous system – which triggers the fight-or-flight response – and activates the parasympathetic system, which acts more like a brake on strong emotions. The Conversation, oregonlive, 29 Dec. 2020 Another is that the switch from negative to positive emotions quiets your sympathetic nervous system – which triggers the fight-or-flight response – and activates the parasympathetic system, which acts more like a brake on strong emotions. The Conversation, oregonlive, 29 Dec. 2020 Another is that the switch from negative to positive emotions quiets your sympathetic nervous system – which triggers the fight-or-flight response – and activates the parasympathetic system, which acts more like a brake on strong emotions. The Conversation, oregonlive, 29 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Parasympathetic has two other states though- the rest and digest and according to the Polyvagal Theory, the ventral vagal branch of the parasympathetic which is social engagement. Womensmedia, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2021 But purposeful breathing can trigger your parasympathetic system, or the part of your autonomic nervous system that opposes the fight-flight-freeze response. Emily Shiffer, SELF, 3 Nov. 2020 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, 25 June 2017 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/parasympathetic. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for parasympathetic

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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