beta-receptor

noun
be·​ta-re·​cep·​tor | \ ˈbā-tə-ri-ˈsep-tər How to pronounce beta-receptor (audio) \

Definition of beta-receptor

: any of a group of receptors that are present on cell surfaces of some effector organs and tissues innervated by the sympathetic nervous system and that mediate certain physiological responses (such as vasodilation, relaxation of bronchial and uterine smooth muscle, and increased heart rate) when bound by specific adrenergic agents — compare alpha-receptor

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1948, in the meaning defined above

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“Beta-receptor.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beta-receptor. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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beta-receptor

noun
be·​ta-re·​cep·​tor | \ -ri-ˌsep-tər \

Medical Definition of beta-receptor

: any of a group of receptors that are present on cell surfaces of some effector organs and tissues innervated by the sympathetic nervous system and that mediate certain physiological responses (as vasodilation, relaxation of bronchial and uterine smooth muscle, and increased heart rate) when bound by specific adrenergic agents

called also beta-adrenergic receptor, beta-adrenoceptor

— compare alpha-receptor

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