sympathomimetic

adjective

sym·​pa·​tho·​mi·​met·​ic ˌsim-pə-thō-mə-ˈme-tik How to pronounce sympathomimetic (audio)
-(ˌ)mī-
: simulating sympathetic nervous action in physiological effect
sympathomimetic drugs
sympathomimetic noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Due to its psychoactive and sympathomimetic effects even at low doses, many patients can distinguish ketamine from an inert (saline) placebo... Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 3 Apr. 2018

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International Scientific Vocabulary

First Known Use

1910, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sympathomimetic was in 1910

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“Sympathomimetic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sympathomimetic. Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

Medical Definition

sympathomimetic

1 of 2 adjective
sym·​pa·​tho·​mi·​met·​ic -mə-ˈmet-ik, -(ˌ)mī- How to pronounce sympathomimetic (audio)
: simulating sympathetic nervous action in physiological effect compare parasympathomimetic, sympatholytic

sympathomimetic

2 of 2 noun
: a sympathomimetic agent
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