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

adjective Biochemistry.

resembling acetylcholine in pharmacological action.
stimulated by or releasing acetylcholine or a related compound.

Origin of cholinergic

First recorded in 1930–35; (acetyl)choline + -ergic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for cholinergic



denoting nerve fibres that release acetylcholine when stimulated
of or relating to the type of chemical activity associated with acetylcholine and similar substances

Word Origin for cholinergic

C20: from (acetyl) cholin (e) + Greek ergon work
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Word Origin and History for cholinergic

1934, from choline (coined in German, 1862, from Greek khole "bile;" see cholera) + Greek ergon "work" (see urge (v.)) + -ic.

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cholinergic in Medicine




Relating to nerve cells or fibers that employ acetylcholine as their neurotransmitter.
Relating to an agent that mimics the action of acetylcholine.
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cholinergic in Science



Relating to a neuron or axon that is activated by or is capable of releasing acetylcholine when a nerve impulse passes. The nerve endings of the parasympathetic nervous system are cholinergic.
Having physiological effects similar to those of acetylcholine, as certain drugs.
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