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cho·li·ner·gic

 (kō′lə-nûr′jĭk)
adj.
1. Activated by or capable of liberating acetylcholine, especially in the parasympathetic nervous system.
2. Having physiological effects similar to those of acetylcholine: a cholinergic agent or drug.

[(acetyl)cholin(e) + -ergic.]

cho′li·ner′gi·cal·ly adv.

cholinergic

(ˌkəʊlɪˈnɜːdʒɪk)
adj
1. (Physiology) denoting nerve fibres that release acetylcholine when stimulated
2. (Physiology) of or relating to the type of chemical activity associated with acetylcholine and similar substances
[C20: from (acetyl)cholin(e) + Greek ergon work]

cho•lin•er•gic

(ˌkoʊ ləˈnɜr dʒɪk, ˌkɒl ə-)

adj.
1. resembling acetylcholine in physiological effect: a cholinergic drug.
2. releasing acetylcholine: a cholinergic neuron.
3. activated by acetylcholine: a cholinergic receptor.
[1930–35; (acetyl) choline + -ergic]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.cholinergic - releasing or activated by acetylcholine or a related compound
anticholinergic - inhibiting or blocking the action of acetylcholine at a receptor site; "anticholinergic drugs"
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During this time, he was instrumental in designing clinical trials that led to the approval in the US and other countries of cholinergic drug treatments for Alzheimer's disease.
If someone has temporal dementia, you don't want to give them a cholinergic drug, and PET differentiates that nicely" he said.