a combining form with the meanings “activated by,” “sensitive to,” “releasing,” “resembling the effect produced by” the substance or phenomenon specified by the initial element: dopaminergic.

Nearby words

  1. -ensis,
  2. -ent,
  3. -eous,
  4. -er,
  5. -erel,
  6. -ern,
  7. -eroo,
  8. -ers,
  9. -ery,
  10. -es

Origin of -ergic

apparently orig. in adrenergic and cholinergic, probably on the model of allergic

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