Adjective "adrenergic" definition and examples

(Adrenergic may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


Relating to or denoting nerve cells in which adrenaline, noradrenaline, or a similar substance acts as a neurotransmitter.
  1. 'Following alarm or injury, the sympathetic nervous system is activated, adrenergic receptors are stimulated, and the contents of the gland are released to the surface of the skin.'
  2. 'Both of these are strong sympathetic stimulants which in turn may increase warmth by stimulating the secretion of adrenergic hormones such as testosterone.'

More definitions

1. of or like epinephrine in effect.

2. releasing epinephrine.

3. activated by epinephrine or any of various substances having epinephrinelike activity. noun

4. a drug or other agent having an epinephrinelike effect.

More examples(as adjective)

"receptors can be adrenergic."

"responses can be adrenergic."

"agonistses can be adrenergic."

"tissues can be adrenergic."

"signals can be adrenergic."

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1930s: from adrenaline + Greek ergon ‘work’ + -ic.