cholinergic

adjective
cho·​lin·​er·​gic | \ ˌkō-lə-ˈnər-jik How to pronounce cholinergic (audio) \

Definition of cholinergic

1 : liberating, activated by, or involving acetylcholine cholinergic nerve fiber cholinergic functions
2 : resembling acetylcholine especially in physiologic action a cholinergic drug

Other Words from cholinergic

cholinergically \ ˌkō-​lə-​ˈnər-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce cholinergic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of cholinergic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web BChE is an enzyme of the cholinergic system, part of the autonomic system, which controls functions like blood pressure and breathing. Katherine Dillinger And Jen Christensen, CNN, 13 May 2022 The condition, which Soompi reported is known as cholinergic urticaria, causes itchy hives that are caused by a raise in body temperature. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, 15 July 2019 The Danish researchers identified a single variant of the gene CHRNA2 (cholinergic receptor nicotinic α2 subunit), which affects the risk of becoming addicted to cannabis. Karen Weintraub, Scientific American, 17 June 2019 Older animals start to produce inhibitory chemicals that counteract the effect of the cholinergic ones. Alison Gopnik, WSJ, 7 July 2017

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First Known Use of cholinergic

1934, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Cholinergic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cholinergic. Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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cholinergic

adjective
cho·​lin·​er·​gic | \ ˌkō-lə-ˈnər-jik How to pronounce cholinergic (audio) \

Medical Definition of cholinergic

1 of autonomic nerve fibers : liberating, activated by, or involving acetylcholine — compare adrenergic sense 1, noradrenergic
2 : resembling acetylcholine especially in physiological action a cholinergic drug

Other Words from cholinergic

cholinergically \ -​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce cholinergic (audio) \ adverb

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