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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms



parasympathetic nervous system  listen  (PAYR-uh-SIM-puh-THEH-tik NER-vus SIS-tem)

  The part of the nervous system that slows the heart, dilates blood vessels, decreases pupil size, increases digestive juices, and relaxes muscles in the gastrointestinal tract.