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adrenergic

[ad-ruh-nur-jik]
adjective
  1. of or like epinephrine in effect.
  2. releasing epinephrine.
  3. activated by epinephrine or any of various substances having epinephrinelike activity.
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noun
  1. a drug or other agent having an epinephrinelike effect.
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Compare cholinergic.

Origin of adrenergic

First recorded in 1930–35; adren- + -ergic
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British Dictionary definitions for adrenergic

adrenergic

adjective
  1. releasing or activated by adrenaline or an adrenaline-like substance
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Word Origin for adrenergic

C20: adrenaline + Greek ergon work
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adrenergic in Medicine

adrenergic

(ăd′rə-nûrjĭk)
adj.
  1. Activated by or capable of releasing epinephrine or an epinephrinelike substance, especially in the sympathetic nervous system.
  2. Having physiological effects similar to those of epinephrine.
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adrenergic in Science

adrenergic

[ăd′rə-nûrjĭk]
  1. 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.
  2. Having physiological effects similar to those of epinephrine, as certain drugs.
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