Definition of sympathomimetic in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌsɪmpəθəʊmɪˈmɛtɪk/


(Of a drug) producing physiological effects characteristic of the sympathetic nervous system by promoting the stimulation of sympathetic nerves.
Example sentences
  • Sinus tachycardia is usually a physiological response but may be precipitated by sympathomimetic drugs or endocrine disturbances.
  • That sympathomimetic drug, which stimulates the nervous system, increases metabolism and burns fat.
  • Tachycardia and hypertension are the result of sympathomimetic stimulation and the psychedelic effects of the drug result from serotonergic stimulation.


A drug having a sympathomimetic effect, often used in nasal decongestants.
Example sentences
  • Precipitants include being in a dark room (dilates pupil), stress, and certain drugs (e.g., sympathomimetics or anticholinergics).
  • Although these drugs may have antiinflammatory properties, they are considerably less effective than the sympathomimetics and potentially produce more significant side effects.
  • The use of sympathomimetics should be avoided in patients with ventricular fibrillation.
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