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1934, from choline (coined in German, 1862, from Greek khole "bile;" see cholera) + Greek ergon "work" (see urge (v.)) + -ic.
cholinergic cho·lin·er·gic (kō'lə-nûr'jĭk)adj.
Relating to nerve cells or fibers that employ acetylcholine as their neurotransmitter.
Relating to an agent that mimics the action of acetylcholine.
Relating to a neuron or axon that is activated by or is capable of releasing acetylcholine when a nerve impulse passes. The nerve endings of the parasympathetic nervous system are cholinergic.
Having physiological effects similar to those of acetylcholine, as certain drugs.