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