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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.


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]


(ˌkoʊ ləˈnɜr dʒɪk, ˌkɒl ə-)

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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Systematic regional variations in the loss of cortical cholinergic fibers in Alzheimer's disease.
The increased activity in the cholinergic fibers leads to increased sweat secretion and increased skin electrodermal conductance (3).
1,3,5) Biopsy specimens from patients with HSCR show AChE-positive thick fibers in the muscularis mucosa extending to a variable length in the lamina propria (Figure 6, b), and biopsy samples from ganglionic bowel may show only few or absent cholinergic fibers.