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alpha receptor

noun
1.
a site on a cell that, upon interaction with epinephrine or norepinephrine, controls vasoconstriction, intestinal relaxation, pupil dilation, and other physiological processes.
Also, alpha-receptor.
Also called alpha-adrenergic receptor.
Compare beta receptor.
Origin
1960-1965
1960-65
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