Definition of anticholinergic in English:

Share this entry

anticholinergic

Pronunciation: /ˌantēˌkōləˈnərjik/ /ˌantī-/

adjective

Medicine
(Chiefly of a drug) inhibiting the physiological action of acetylcholine, especially as a neurotransmitter.
Example sentences
  • Main outcome measures: Numbers of elderly people with new prescriptions of highly anticholinergic antidepressants and less anticholinergic antidepressants.
  • He thought for a minute and added, ‘So, if we improve cognition by increasing acetylcholine, it makes sense that anticholinergic drugs can make dementia a lot worse.’
  • Antihistamine and anticholinergic drugs are relatively inexpensive.

noun

An anticholinergic drug.
Example sentences
  • Both antihistamines and anticholinergics can have anticholinergic side effects, including dry mouth, urinary retention, blurred vision, and exacerbation of narrow-angle glaucoma.
  • Probably the most common medications used for the treatment of incontinence fall into the general category of anticholinergics or drugs designed to ‘relax’ the bladder.
  • These drugs are called anticholinergics and include oxybutynin, tolterodine, trospium chloride, and propiverine.
Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.