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adrenergic

[ad-ruh-nur-jik] /ˌæd rəˈnɜr dʒɪk/
adjective
1.
of or like epinephrine in effect.
2.
releasing epinephrine.
3.
activated by epinephrine or any of various substances having epinephrinelike activity.
noun
4.
a drug or other agent having an epinephrinelike effect.
Compare cholinergic.
Origin of adrenergic
1930-1935
1930-35; adren- + -ergic
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British Dictionary definitions for adrenergic

adrenergic

/ˌædrəˈnɜːdʒɪk/
adjective
1.
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)
adj.

  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
adrenergic
  (ād'rə-nûr'jĭk)   
  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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