muscarinic

adjective mus·ca·rin·ic \ ˌməs-kə-ˈri-nik \

Definition of muscarinic

: of, relating to, resembling, producing, or mediating the parasympathetic effects (such as a slowed heart rate and increased activity of smooth muscle) produced by muscarine
  • muscarinic receptors
— compare nicotinic

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First Known Use of muscarinic

1936

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muscarinic

adjective mus·ca·rin·ic \ -kə-ˌrin-ik \

medical Definition of muscarinic

: relating to, resembling, producing, or mediating the effects (as a slowed heart rate, increased secretion by exocrine glands, and increased activity of smooth muscle) that are produced on organs and tissues by acetylcholine liberated by postganglionic nerve fibers of the parasympathetic nervous system and that are mimicked by muscarine
  • muscarinic receptors
  • atropine is a muscarinic antagonist
— compare nicotinic

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