anticholinergic
adjective Date: 1942 opposing or blocking the physiologic action of acetylcholineanticholinergic noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • anticholinergic — [an΄tī kō΄lin ʉr′jik; an΄tēkō΄lin ʉr′jik, an΄tikō΄lin ʉr′jik] adj. [ ANTI + CHOLINERGIC] having the ability to retard or block the activity of organs that receive their nerve impulses through the parasympathetic nervous system by opposing the… …   English World dictionary

  • Anticholinergic — An anticholinergic agent is a substance that blocks the neurotransmitter acetylcholine in the central and the peripheral nervous system. An example of an anticholinergic is dicycloverine, and the classic example is atropine. Anticholinergics are… …   Wikipedia

  • Anticholinergic — The action of certain medications that inhibit the transmission of parasympathetic nerve impulses and thereby reduce spasms of smooth muscle (such as that, for example, in the bladder). * * * Antagonistic to the action of parasympathetic or other …   Medical dictionary

  • anticholinergic — I noun a substance that opposes or blocks the action of acetylcholine • Syn: ↑anticholinergic drug • Hypernyms: ↑medicine, ↑medication, ↑medicament, ↑medicinal drug • …   Useful english dictionary

  • anticholinergic — /an ti koh leuh nerr jik, kol euh /, Biochem., Pharm. adj. 1. of or pertaining to a substance that opposes the effects of acetylcholine; interfering with the passage of parasympathetic nerve impulses. Cf. cholinolytic. n. 2. an anticholinergic… …   Universalium

  • anticholinergic — an•ti•cho•lin•er•gic [[t]ˌæn tɪˌkoʊ ləˈnɜr dʒɪk, ˌkɒl ə [/t]] adj. 1) phl biochem. pha of or pertaining to a substance that opposes the effects of acetylcholine; interfering with the passage of parasympathetic nerve impulses 2) biochem. pha an… …   From formal English to slang

  • anticholinergic — /ˌæntikɒləˈnɜdʒɪk/ (say .anteekoluh nerjik) adjective 1. antagonistic to acetylcholine. –noun 2. an anticholinergic substance. {anti + cholin(e) + ergic} …   Australian English dictionary

  • anticholinergic — 1. adjective That inhibits the physiological action of acetylcholine at a receptor site 2. noun Any of a class of drugs, typically used to treat various disorders and some forms of poisoning, which inhibit the physiological action of… …   Wiktionary

  • anticholinergic — adj. serving to inhibit the activity of acetylcholine within the parasympathetic nervous system (Medicine) n. agent that inhibits the activity of acetylcholine within the parasympathetic nervous system (Medicine) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • anticholinergic — an·ti·cho·lin·er·gic …   English syllables

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