[ an-ti-koh-luh-nur-jik, -kol-uh- ]

  1. of or relating to a substance that opposes the effects of acetylcholine; interfering with the passage of parasympathetic nerve impulses.: Compare cholinolytic.

  1. an anticholinergic substance, as a drug.

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Origin of anticholinergic

1940–45; anti- + cholinergic, equivalent to choline + -ergic

Words Nearby anticholinergic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

British Dictionary definitions for anticholinergic


/ (ˌæntɪˌkɒlɪˈnɜːdʒɪk) /

  1. physiol blocking nerve impulses through the parasympathetic nerves

  1. med a drug or agent that blocks these nerve impulses, used to control intestinal spasm, increase the heart rate, dilate the pupils for examination of the eyes, dry secretions in anaesthesia, and in some forms to treat Alzheimer's disease

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