Definition of purinergic in US English:

purinergic

adjective

Physiology
  • Of, relating to, or designating neurons and neural pathways that utilize a purine, especially a purine nucleotide, as a neurotransmitter. Later also: of, relating to, or designating signalling of this nature between other types of cell.

Origin

1970s; earliest use found in The Courier-Mail. From purine + -ergic.

Pronunciation

purinergic

/ˌpjʊərɪˈnəːdʒɪk/