Definition of cholinergic in English:

cholinergic

adjective

Physiology
  • Relating to or denoting nerve cells in which acetylcholine acts as a neurotransmitter.

    Contrasted with adrenergic
    • ‘Ketamine also indirectly interacts with a number of cellular receptors including the muscarinic, nicotinic, cholinergic, and opioid receptors.’
    • ‘Saliva substitutes or systemic cholinergic drugs may be useful.’
    • ‘The resulting overstimulation of cholinergic receptors produces the clinical effects shown in the table.’
    • ‘Treatments for early, mild Alzheimer's disease, such as donepezil, improve the activity of neurons in the cholinergic system that use acetylcholine to transmit signals.’
    • ‘The active ingredients in this were alkaloids of belladonna, which we now know had the effect of inhibiting cholinergic neurotransmission and thereby reflex bronchoconstriction.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

cholinergic

/ˌkəʊlɪˈnəːdʒɪk/