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-ergic

1.
a combining form with the meanings “activated by,” “sensitive to,” “releasing,” “resembling the effect produced by” the substance or phenomenon specified by the initial element:
dopaminergic.
Origin
apparently orig. in adrenergic and cholinergic, probably on the model of allergic
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