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nicotinic

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adjective nic·o·tin·ic \ˌni-kə-ˈtē-nik, -ˈti-\

Definition of nicotinic

  1. :  relating to, resembling, producing, or mediating the effects produced by nicotine on nerve fibers at autonomic ganglia and at the neuromuscular junctions of voluntary muscle which increases activity in small doses and inhibits it in larger doses <nicotinic receptors> — compare muscarinic



Origin and Etymology of nicotinic

International Scientific Vocabulary


First Known Use: 1873


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nicotinic

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adjective nic·o·tin·ic \ˌnik-ə-ˈtē-nik, -ˈtin-ik\

Medical Definition of nicotinic

  1. :  relating to, resembling, producing, or mediating the effects that are produced by acetylcholine liberated by nerve fibers at autonomic ganglia and at the neuromuscular junctions of voluntary muscle and that are mimicked by nicotine which increases activity in small doses and inhibits it in larger doses <nicotinic receptors>—compare muscarinic




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