para-sympathetic

parasympathetic

[par-uh-sim-puh-thet-ik]
adjective Anatomy, Physiology,
pertaining to that part of the autonomic nervous system consisting of nerves and ganglia that arise from the cranial and sacral regions and function in opposition to the sympathetic system, as in inhibiting heartbeat or contracting the pupil of the eye.

Origin:
1900–05; para-1 + sympathetic

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parasympathetic (ˌpærəˌsɪmpəˈθɛtɪk)
 
adj
anatomy, physiol Compare sympathetic of or relating to the division of the autonomic nervous system that acts in opposition to the sympathetic system by slowing the heartbeat, constricting the bronchi of the lungs, stimulating the smooth muscles of the digestive tract, etc

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parasympathetic par·a·sym·pa·thet·ic (pār'ə-sĭm'pə-thět'ĭk)
adj.
Of, relating to, or affecting the parasympathetic nervous system.


par'a·sym'pa·thet'i·cal·ly adv.
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