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Alpha-Adrenergic Receptor

Definition of the noun alpha-adrenergic receptor

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noun

  1. receptors postulated to exist on nerve cell membranes of the sympathetic nervous system in order to explain the specificity of certain agents that affect only some sympathetic activities (such as vasoconstriction and relaxation of intestinal muscles and contraction of smooth muscles)
    • lexical domain: Body Parts - nouns denoting body parts
    • synonyms of alpha-adrenergic receptor: alpha receptor / alpha-adrenoceptor
    • more generic word: receptor = a cellular structure that is postulated to exist in order to mediate between a chemical agent that acts on nervous tissue and the physiological response
    • part of: sympathetic nervous system = originates in the thoracic regions of the spinal cord; opposes physiological effects of the parasympathetic: reduces digestive secretions; speeds the heart

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Google previewBlackwell's Nursing Dictionary (2013)

by Dawn Freshwater, Sian Masiln-Prothero

alpha-adrenergic receptor (ad-re-ner' -jik): ...

Google previewMosby's Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions - Australian & New Zealand Edition (2014)

by Peter Harris, Sue Nagy, Nicholas Vardaxis

alpha-adrenergic receptor. See alpha receptor. alpha alcoholism, a mild form of alcoholism in which the dependence is psychological rather than physical. The person may consume alcohol in excessive amounts to relieve ...

Google previewMosby's Medical Dictionary (2016)

by Mosby

alpha-adrenergic receptor. See alpha receptor. alpha alcoholism, a mild form of alcoholism in which the dependence is psychological rather than physical. The person may consume alcohol in excessive amounts to relieve ...

Google previewMosby's Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing & Health Professions (2016)

by Mosby

alpha-adrenergic receptor. See alpha receptor. alpha alcoholism, a mild form of alcoholism in which the dependence is psychological rather than physical. The person may consume alcohol in excessive amounts to relieve ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Psychology (2009)

by Andrew M. Colman

alpha-adrenergic receptor See under ADRENERGIC RECEPTOR. alpha blocking n. Suppression of the *alpha wave in an *EEG trace of a person ...

Google previewThe American Heritage Medical Dictionary (2008)

by Houghton Mifflin Company, American Heritage

alpha-adrenergic receptor n. Any of various cell membrane receptors that can bind with norepinephrine and related substances that activate or block the actions of the cells containing such receptors; these cells initiate ...

Google previewMosby's Pocket Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing & Health Professions - Elsevieron VitalSource (2016)

by Mosby

an alpha-adrenergic receptor blocker prescribed in the treatment of persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn and in peripheral vascular disease. TOLBUTamide /tolboo′təmīd/, an oral sulfonylurea antidiabetic agent prescribed in ...

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