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ganglionic blocking agent

any of a group of drugs that inhibit the action of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine at synapses in the autonomic ganglia. Among other effects, this causes a decrease in heart rate and a lowering of blood pressure, and these drugs were at one time widely used in the treatment of hypertension. However, because of the severity of their side effects, their use is now rare. See mecamylamine.

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May 21st 2024



n. in the analytic psychology of Carl Jung, the public face an individual presents to the outside world, in contrast to more deeply rooted and authentic personality characteristics. This sense has now passed into popular usage. The term is taken from the mask worn by actors in Roman antiquity.