Origin of cholinergic
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- denoting nerve fibres that release acetylcholine when stimulated
- of or relating to the type of chemical activity associated with acetylcholine and similar substances
C20: from (acetyl) cholin (e) + Greek ergon work
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Word Origin and History for cholinergic
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- 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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- 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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