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cholinergic

[koh-luh-nur-jik, kol-uh-] /ˌkoʊ ləˈnɜr dʒɪk, ˌkɒl ə-/
adjective, Biochemistry
1.
resembling acetylcholine in pharmacological action.
2.
stimulated by or releasing acetylcholine or a related compound.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35; (acetyl)choline + -ergic
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British Dictionary definitions for cholinergic

cholinergic

/ˌkəʊlɪˈnɜːdʒɪk/
adjective
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
Word Origin
C20: from (acetyl)cholin(e) + Greek ergon work
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Word Origin and History for cholinergic
adj.

1934, from choline (coined in German, 1862, from Greek khole "bile;" see cholera) + Greek ergon "work" (see urge (v.)) + -ic.

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cholinergic in Medicine

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 in Science
cholinergic
  (kō'lə-nûr'jĭk)   
  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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