alpha-adrenergic receptor

noun Physiology.

Definition for alpha-adrenergic receptor (2 of 2)

alpha receptor

or al·pha-re·cep·tor


a site on a cell that, upon interaction with epinephrine or norepinephrine, controls vasoconstriction, intestinal relaxation, pupil dilation, and other physiological processes.
Compare beta receptor.

Origin of alpha receptor

First recorded in 1960–65
Also called alpha-adrenergic receptor. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for alpha-adrenergic receptor

alpha-adrenergic receptor


Any of various cell membrane receptors that can bind with norepinephrine and related substances that activate or block the actions of the cells containing such receptors; these cells initiate physiological responses such as vasoconstriction, pupil dilation, and contraction of pilomotor muscles.alpha-receptor
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