Definition of sympatholytic in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌsɪmpəθə(ʊ)ˈlɪtɪk/


(Of a drug) antagonistic to or inhibiting the transmission of nerve impulses in the sympathetic nervous system.
Example sentences
  • 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.


A drug having a sympatholytic effect, often used in the treatment of high blood pressure.
Example sentences
  • 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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