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Adjective: parasympathetic  ,per-u,sim-pu'the-tik [N. Amer], ,pa-ru,sim-pu'the-tik [Brit]
  1. Of or relating to the parasympathetic nervous system
Noun: parasympathetic  ,per-u,sim-pu'the-tik [N. Amer], ,pa-ru,sim-pu'the-tik [Brit]
  1. Originates in the brain stem and lower part of the spinal cord; opposes physiological effects of the sympathetic nervous system: stimulates digestive secretions; slows the heart; constricts the pupils; dilates blood vessels
    - parasympathetic nervous system

Derived forms: parasympathetics

Type of: nervous system, systema nervosum

Part of: ANS, autonomic nervous system

Encyclopedia: Parasympathetic