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Parasympathomimetic drug

Definition

noun

A drug capable of enhancing the effects mediated by acetylcholine in the peripheral nervous system, or that is capable of producing, altering, or releasing acetylcholine, especially from parasympathetic nerve endings.


Supplement

This agent or drug may act directly, i.e. by stimulating the acetylcholine receptors such as nicotinic or muscarinic receptors, or indirectly, i.e. by inhibiting cholinesterase, promoting the release of acetylcholine.


Synonym: cholinergic agent, cholinergic drug.


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