cholinergic

cholinergic

[koh-luh-nur-jik, kol-uh-]
adjective Biochemistry.
1.
resembling acetylcholine in pharmacological action.
2.
stimulated by or releasing acetylcholine or a related compound.

Origin:
1930–35; (acetyl)choline + -ergic

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cholinergic (ˌkəʊlɪˈnɜːdʒɪk)
 
adj
1.  denoting nerve fibres that release acetylcholine when stimulated
2.  of or relating to the type of chemical activity associated with acetylcholine and similar substances
 
[C20: from (acetyl)cholin(e) + Greek ergon work]

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cholinergic cho·lin·er·gic (kō'lə-nûr'jĭk)
adj.

  1. Relating to nerve cells or fibers that employ acetylcholine as their neurotransmitter.

  2. Relating to an agent that mimics the action of acetylcholine.

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cholinergic   (kō'lə-nûr'jĭk)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. 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.

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


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