ad·​ren·​er·​gic | \ ˌa-drə-ˈnər-jik How to pronounce adrenergic (audio) \

Definition of adrenergic

1 : liberating, activated by, or involving adrenaline or a substance like adrenaline an adrenergic nerve
2 : resembling adrenaline especially in physiological action adrenergic drugs

Other Words from adrenergic

adrenergically \ ˌa-​drə-​ˈnər-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce adrenergic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of adrenergic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The new treatment approach was tested in obese mice by loading the nanoparticles with one of two compounds − rosiglitazone (Avandia) or beta-adrenergic receptor agonist − known to promote browning in mice but not in humans. Stephanie Toone, ajc, 16 Sep. 2017 Stress causes a release of adrenergic chemicals like cortisol and adrenaline, triggering your body’s fight or flight response, John Hovanesian, M.D., an eye surgeon at Harvard Eye Associates in Laguna Hills, Calif., tells SELF. Korin Miller, SELF, 25 Aug. 2017 This replacement marrow was deficient in a specific molecule called adrenergic receptor beta, which made the bone marrow less responsive to the neural messages from the brain. Jasenka Zubcevic And Christopher Martyniuk, Washington Post, 13 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of adrenergic

1934, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for adrenergic

adren- + -ergic

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“Adrenergic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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ad·​ren·​er·​gic | \ ˌad-rə-ˈnər-jik How to pronounce adrenergic (audio) \

Medical Definition of adrenergic

1 : liberating or activated by adrenaline or a substance like adrenaline adrenergic nerve fibers — compare cholinergic sense 1, noradrenergic
2 : resembling adrenaline especially in physiological action adrenergic drugs

Other Words from adrenergic

adrenergically \ -​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce adrenergic (audio) \ adverb


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