One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Releasing or involving dopamine as a neurotransmitter. Drugs with this effect are used in the treatment of Parkinson's disease and some psychiatric disorders; some are subject to abuse.
- ‘Its primary actions alter both the dopaminergic and the opioid systems as well as other neurotransmitter systems.’
- ‘The causes of mania and depression are biochemical changes in adrenergic and dopaminergic brain messengers.’
- ‘Those who had taken levodopa or a dopaminergic agonist in the preceding two months were excluded.’
- ‘It binds to a number of receptor sites in the body, including serotonin, adrenergic and dopaminergic receptors.’
- ‘Effects of glucocorticoids on dopaminergic activity are also strongly context and regionally dependent.’
1960s: from dopamine + Greek ergon ‘work’ + -ic.
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