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What does parasympathetic mean?

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  1. Of or relating to the part of the autonomic nervous system that inhibits or opposes the effects of the sympathetic nervous system.
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This includes those of the parasympathetic nervous system in the heart, glandular tissue, and smooth muscle.
The sympathetic nervous system pumps the body up, but when you take a deep breath the parasympathetic nervous system kicks in and starts to wind the system down.
Despite unopposed parasympathetic activity, epidurals do not increase leak rates.
This 10-second delay is more in keeping with the behavior of the sympathetic than the parasympathetic nervous system.
A stimulant action on the parasympathetic portion of the oculomotor nucleus is responsible for pupillary miosis.
The constrictor muscle is supplied by the parasympathetic nervous system, and the dilator by the sympathetic nervous system.

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