- of or like epinephrine in effect.
- releasing epinephrine.
- activated by epinephrine or any of various substances having epinephrinelike activity.
- a drug or other agent having an epinephrinelike effect.
Origin of adrenergic
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- releasing or activated by adrenaline or an adrenaline-like substance
Word Origin for adrenergic
C20: adrenaline + Greek ergon work
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- Activated by or capable of releasing epinephrine or an epinephrinelike substance, especially in the sympathetic nervous system.
- Having physiological effects similar to those of epinephrine.
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- Relating to a neuron or axon that is activated by or capable of releasing epinephrine or an epinephrine-like substance when a nerve impulse passes. The nerve endings of the sympathetic nervous system are adrenergic.
- Having physiological effects similar to those of epinephrine, as certain drugs.
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