parasympathetic
I. adjective Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary Date: 1905 of, relating to, being, or acting on the parasympathetic nervous system II. noun Date: 1925 1. a parasympathetic nerve 2. parasympathetic nervous system

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  • parasympathetic — (adj.) 1905, from PARA (Cf. para ) beside + SYMPATHETIC (Cf. sympathetic) …   Etymology dictionary

  • parasympathetic — [par΄ə sim΄pə thet′ik] adj. [ PARA 1 + SYMPATHETIC] Physiol. designating or of that part of the autonomic nervous system whose nerves originate in the midbrain, the hindbrain, and the sacral region of the spinal cord and whose functions include… …   English World dictionary

  • parasympathetic — Pertaining to a division of the autonomic nervous system. See autonomic division of nervous system. * * * para·sym·pa·thet·ic .par ə .sim pə thet ik adj of, relating to, being, or acting on the parasympathetic nervous system <parasympathetic… …   Medical dictionary

  • parasympathetic — /ˌpærəsɪmpəˈθɛtɪk/ (say .paruhsimpuh thetik) Physiology, Anatomy –adjective 1. of or relating to the parasympathetic nervous system. –noun 2. a nerve of the parasympathetic nervous system …   Australian English dictionary

  • parasympathetic — pærÉ™sɪmpÉ™ θetɪk adj. (Anatomy, Physiology) pertaining to the parasympathetic nervous system (part of the autonomic nervous system which works in opposition to the sympathetic nervous system) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • parasympathetic — /par euh sim peuh thet ik/, Anat., Physiol., adj. 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… …   Universalium

  • parasympathetic — adjective Of or relating to the part of the autonomic nervous system that inhibits or opposes the effects of the sympathetic nervous system …   Wiktionary

  • parasympathetic — adjective Physiology relating to or denoting the part of the autonomic nervous system consisting of nerves arising from the brain and the lower end of the spinal cord and supplying the internal organs, blood vessels, and glands …   English new terms dictionary

  • parasympathetic — para·sympathetic …   English syllables

  • parasympathetic — par•a•sym•pa•thet•ic [[t]ˌpær əˌsɪm pəˈθɛt ɪk[/t]] adj. anat. phl phl pertaining to that part of the autonomic nervous system consisting of nerves and ganglia that arise from the cranial and sacral regions and generally function in regulatory… …   From formal English to slang

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