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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All nerve agent victims are given atropine, which blocks muscarinic acetylcholine receptors. Richard Stone, Science | AAAS, "U.K. attack shines spotlight on deadly nerve agent developed by Soviet scientists," 19 Mar. 2018

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1936, in the meaning defined above

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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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