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1. Activated by or capable of releasing epinephrine or a similar substance, especially in the sympathetic nervous system: adrenergic receptors.
2. Having physiological effects similar to those of epinephrine: an adrenergic amine.

ad′re·ner′gi·cal·ly adv.


(Physiology) releasing or activated by adrenaline or an adrenaline-like substance
[C20: adrenaline + Greek ergon work]


(ˌæd rəˈnɜr dʒɪk)

1. resembling epinephrine in physiological effect: an adrenergic drug.
2. releasing epinephrine: adrenergic neurons.
3. activated by epinephrine or a similar substance: adrenergic receptor.
4. a drug or other agent having an epinephrinelike effect. Compare cholinergic.
[1930–35; adren- + -ergic]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.adrenergic - drug that has the effects of epinephrineadrenergic - drug that has the effects of epinephrine
phenylephrine - a powerful vasoconstrictor used to dilate the pupils and relieve nasal congestion
phenylpropanolamine - an adrenergic drug used in many preparations to relieve allergic reactions or respiratory infections; "drugs containing phenylpropanolamine are being recalled"
pressor, vasoconstrictive, vasoconstrictor - any agent that causes a narrowing of an opening of a blood vessel: cold or stress or nicotine or epinephrine or norepinephrine or angiotensin or vasopressin or certain drugs; maintains or increases blood pressure
Adj.1.adrenergic - relating to epinephrine (its release or action)
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Nevertheless, if the findings in the airways and skin can be extrapolated to humans, then one might speculate that normal subjects, who would not generally have access to inhaled steroids and/or [[beta].sub.2] adrenergics, might obtain relief from toxin-induced irritation with antihistamines.
This bronchoconstriction was significantly reduced (% inhibition) after pretreatment with the glucocorticosteroid budesonide (49%), the [[beta].sub.2] adrenergic agent albuterol (71%), the anticholinergic agent atropine (58%), and the histamine [H.sub.1]-antagonist diphenhydramine (47%).
Furthermore, the antigen-induced effects in this model can be ameliorated with the current armamentarium of clinically available asthma medications, including glucocorticosteroids, [[beta].sub.2] adrenergic agents, and leukotriene antagonists (Abraham 2000).
The constrictor effects of toxin were significantly reduced by pretreating the animals with the anticholinergic agent atropine (58% inhibition), the glucocorticosteroid budesonide (49% inhibition), the [[beta].sub.2] adrenergic agent albuterol (71% inhibition), and the histamine [H.sub.1]-antagonist diphenhydramine (47% inhibition).
Bronchiole smooth muscle is innervated by both sympathetic (beta-2 adrenergic) and parasympathetic (cholinergic) autonomic nerves, which exert opposite effects on the airways.
To prevent and counteract reversible episodes of bronchospasm, beta-2 adrenergic inhalers directly dilate the bronchioles.
These beta-2 adrenergic agonists exert a rapid bronchodilator effect and have a short duration.