craniosacral division

parasympathetic nervous system.

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  • craniosacral — Denoting the cranial and sacral origins of the parasympathetic division of the autonomic nervous system. * * * cra·nio·sa·cral .krā nē ō sak rəl, sā krəl adj 1) of or relating to the cranium and the sacrum 2) …   Medical dictionary

  • division — A separating into two or more parts. SEE ALSO: ramus. SYN: divisio. anterior primary d. SYN: anterior ramus of spinal nerve. anterior divisions of (trunks of) brachial plexus [TA] portion of the …   Medical dictionary

  • part — A portion. SYN: pars [TA]. abdominal p. of aorta SYN: abdominal aorta. abdominal p. of esophagus [TA] the portion of the esophagus from where it passes through the diaphragm to the stomach. See …   Medical dictionary

  • Parasympathetic nervous system — A part of nervous system that serves to slow the heart rate, increase the intestinal and gland activity, and relax the sphincter muscles. The parasympathetic nervous system, together with the sympathetic nervous system (that accelerates the heart …   Medical 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

  • Autonomic nervous system — The autonomic nervous system Blue = parasympathetic Red = sympathetic Latin divisio autonomica systematis nervosi peripherici The autonomic nervous system (ANS or visceral nervous syste …   Wikipedia

  • Parasympathetic nervous system — The parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS) is a division of the autonomic nervous system (ANS), along with the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and enteric nervous system (ENS or bowels NS ). The ANS is a subdivision of the peripheral nervous… …   Wikipedia

  • system — 1. [TA] A consistent and complex whole made up of correlated and semiindependent parts. A complex of functionally related anatomic structures. 2. The entire organism seen as a complex organization of parts. 3. Any complex of structures… …   Medical dictionary

  • nervous system, human — ▪ anatomy Introduction       system that conducts stimuli from sensory receptors to the brain and spinal cord and that conducts impulses back to other parts of the body. As with other higher vertebrates, the human nervous system has two main… …   Universalium

  • Nucleus — 1) In cell biology, the structure that houses the chromosomes. 2) In neuroanatomy, a group of nerve cells. * * * 1. In cytology, typically a rounded or oval mass of protoplasm within the cytoplasm of a plant or animal cell; it is surrounded by a… …   Medical dictionary

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