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[ad-ruh-nur-jik] /ˌæd rəˈnɜr dʒɪk/
of or like epinephrine in effect.
releasing epinephrine.
activated by epinephrine or any of various substances having epinephrinelike activity.
a drug or other agent having an epinephrinelike effect.
Compare cholinergic.
Origin of adrenergic
1930-35; adren- + -ergic Unabridged
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Examples from the web for adrenergic
  • Within the brain, adrenaline and noradrenaline can activate structures on the surface of nerve cells called adrenergic receptors.
  • Daily use of an alpha-adrenergic blocker drug may increase urinary flow and relieve urinary frequency and nighttime urination.
  • The muscle cells in the prostate are stimulated by molecules called alpha adrenergic receptors.
  • The main ingredient is a beta-adrenergic blocking substance.
  • Medications called alpha-adrenergic blockers help relax the muscles of the prostate gland.
  • Alpha-adrenergic agonists and possibly anticholinergics.
British Dictionary definitions for adrenergic


releasing or activated by adrenaline or an adrenaline-like substance
Word Origin
C20: adrenaline + Greek ergon work
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adrenergic in Medicine

adrenergic ad·re·ner·gic (ād'rə-nûr'jĭk)

  1. Of or relating to nerve cells or fibers of the autonomic nervous system that release the neurotransmitter norepinephrine.

  2. Of or relating to drugs that mimic the effects of the sympathetic nervous system.

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adrenergic in Science
  1. Relating to a neuron or axon that is activated by or capable of releasing epinephrine or an epinephrine-like substance when a nerve impulse passes. The nerve endings of the sympathetic nervous system are adrenergic.

  2. Having physiological effects similar to those of epinephrine, as certain drugs.

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