Definition of sympatholytic in English:


Syllabification: sym·pa·tho·lyt·ic
Pronunciation: /ˌsimpəTHōˈlitik


  • (Of a drug) antagonistic to or inhibiting the transmission of nerve impulses in the sympathetic nervous system.
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    • These authors feel that, at the present time, the evidence seems insufficient to support the use of peripheral sympatholytic procedures in the routine management of pain.
    • Taurine, a sulfur-containing amino acid, has been reported to have antihypertensive and sympatholytic activity.
    • The decrease in the pulse is believed due to a sympatholytic action of MAOIs.


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  • A sympatholytic drug, often used in the treatment of high blood pressure.
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    • A more complete list of sympatholytics and their trade names can be found on p.123 of the Yagiela text.
    • Of the sympatholytics, prazosin and propranolol have been the subject of recent studies.
    • Thus, sympatholytics interfere with the part of the nervous system that uses norepinephrine to raise blood pressure.

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