[ ag-uh-nist ]
/ ˈæg ə nɪst /
a person engaged in a contest, conflict, struggle, etc., especially the protagonist in a literary work.
a person who is torn by inner conflict.
Physiology. a contracting muscle whose action is opposed by another muscle.Compare antagonist(def 3).
Pharmacology. a chemical substance capable of activating a receptor to induce a full or partial pharmacological response.Compare antagonist(def 5).
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Example sentences from the Web for agonist
Agonist, ag′o-nist, n. one who contends for a prize in public games.
British Dictionary definitions for agonist
/ (ˈæɡənɪst) /
any muscle that is opposed in action by another muscleCompare antagonist (def. 2)
a competitor, as in an agon
Word Origin for agonist
C17: from Greek agōn agon
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Medical definitions for agonist
[ ăg′ə-nĭst ]
A contracting muscle that is resisted or counteracted by an antagonistic muscle.
A substance that can combine with a cell receptor to produce a reaction typical for that substance.
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Scientific definitions for agonist
[ ăg′ə-nĭst ]
A muscle that actively contracts to produce a desired movement.
A chemical substance, especially a drug, that can combine with a receptor on a cell to produce a physiologic response. Compare antagonist.
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