Cholinergic system


A system of nerve cells that uses acetylcholine in transmitting nerve impulses.


The cholinergic system is a neurotransmitter system involved in the regulation of memory and learning. It is this system that degenerates in Alzheimer's disease.

Word origin: cholinergic » (acetyl)choline + -ergic » Greek ergon, work + system » Late Latin, systēma > Greek sýstēma, whole compounded of several parts.

See also: cholinergic.

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