dopaminergic

adjective
do·​pa·​mi·​ner·​gic | \ ˌdō-pə-ˌmē-ˈnər-jik How to pronounce dopaminergic (audio) \

Definition of dopaminergic

: liberating, activated by, or involving dopamine or related substances

Examples of dopaminergic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It is also connected to parts of the brain responsible for hearing (the auditory cortices) and for pleasure (the dopaminergic reward system). Grace Leslie, Scientific American, 18 Sep. 2021 The process involves the striatum, a dopaminergic reward center that drugs like cocaine and amphetamines exploit. Bill Hardekopf, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2021 The researchers were also aware that the dopaminergic system in the brain has been tied to both physical exercise and executive function in the brain, i.e. top-flight thinking. Alison Escalante, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2021 This mental effort pays off: As the hippocampus activates, so too does the ventral striatum, another of the brain’s dopaminergic reward centers. Popular Science, 8 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of dopaminergic

1966, in the meaning defined above

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“Dopaminergic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dopaminergic. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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dopaminergic

adjective
do·​pa·​mi·​ner·​gic | \ ˌdō-pə-ˌmē-ˈnər-jik How to pronounce dopaminergic (audio) \

Medical Definition of dopaminergic

: liberating, activated by, or involving dopamine or related substances the mesolimbic dopaminergic pathway dopaminergic activity dopaminergic neurons

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