nicotinic

adjective
nic·o·tin·ic | \ˌni-kə-ˈtē-nik, -ˈti-\

Definition of nicotinic 

: relating to, resembling, producing, or mediating the effects produced by nicotine on nerve fibers at autonomic ganglia and at the neuromuscular junctions of voluntary muscle which increases activity in small doses and inhibits it in larger doses nicotinic receptors — compare muscarinic

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The addiction-fighting medication acts on proteins called nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, which are the same neurological buttons that tobacco products push. Aaron Rowe, WIRED, "Is the Smoking Cessation Drug Chantix an Antidepressant or a Source of Suicidal Thoughts?," 21 Nov. 2007

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1941, in the meaning defined above

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nicotinic

adjective
nic·o·tin·ic | \ˌnik-ə-ˈtē-nik, -ˈtin-ik \

Medical Definition of nicotinic 

: relating to, resembling, producing, or mediating the effects that are produced by acetylcholine liberated by nerve fibers at autonomic ganglia and at the neuromuscular junctions of voluntary muscle and that are mimicked by nicotine which increases activity in small doses and inhibits it in larger doses nicotinic receptors — compare muscarinic

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