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of or like epinephrine in effect.
releasing epinephrine.
activated by epinephrine or any of various substances having epinephrinelike activity.
a drug or other agent having an epinephrinelike effect.
releasing or activated by adrenaline or an adrenaline-like substance

adrenergic ad·re·ner·gic (ād’rə-nûr’jĭk)

Of or relating to nerve cells or fibers of the autonomic nervous system that release the neurotransmitter norepinephrine.

Of or relating to drugs that mimic the effects of the sympathetic nervous system.


Relating to a neuron or axon that is activated by or capable of releasing epinephrine or an epinephrine-like substance when a nerve impulse passes. The nerve endings of the sympathetic nervous system are adrenergic.

Having physiological effects similar to those of epinephrine, as certain drugs.


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