Definition of cholinergic in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌkōləˈnərjik/


1Relating to or denoting nerve cells in which acetylcholine acts as a neurotransmitter. Contrasted with adrenergic.
Example sentences
  • The active ingredients in this were alkaloids of belladonna, which we now know had the effect of inhibiting cholinergic neurotransmission and thereby reflex bronchoconstriction.
  • The resulting overstimulation of cholinergic receptors produces the clinical effects shown in the table.
  • Ketamine also indirectly interacts with a number of cellular receptors including the muscarinic, nicotinic, cholinergic, and opioid receptors.
2Releasing or responding to acetylcholine.


1930s: from choline + Greek ergon 'work' + -ic.

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Syllabification: cho·lin·er·gic

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