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AGONIST

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does agonist mean? 

AGONIST (noun)
  The noun AGONIST has 4 senses:

1. the principal character in a work of fiction
2. someone involved in a contest or battle (as in an agon)
3. a muscle that contracts while another relaxes
4. (biochemistry) a drug that can combine with a receptor on a cell to produce a physiological reaction

  Familiarity information: AGONIST used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


AGONIST (noun)


Sense 1agonist [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The principal character in a work of fiction

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

agonist; protagonist

Instance hypernyms:

character; fictional character; fictitious character (an imaginary person represented in a work of fiction (play or film or story))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "agonist"):

antihero (a protagonist who lacks the characteristics that would make him a hero (or her a heroine))


Sense 2agonist [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Someone involved in a contest or battle (as in an agon)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Hypernyms ("agonist" is a kind of...):

contestant (a person who participates in competitions)

Antonym:

antagonist (someone who offers opposition)


Sense 3agonist [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A muscle that contracts while another relaxes

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts

Context example:

when bending the elbow the biceps are the agonist

Hypernyms ("agonist" is a kind of...):

antagonistic muscle ((physiology) a muscle that opposes the action of another)


Sense 4agonist [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(biochemistry) a drug that can combine with a receptor on a cell to produce a physiological reaction

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("agonist" is a kind of...):

drug (a substance that is used as a medicine or narcotic)

Domain category:

biochemistry (the organic chemistry of compounds and processes occuring in organisms; the effort to understand biology within the context of chemistry)


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