2.6 Key Terms Study Guide

Key Terms – How Drugs Work in the Body and the Mind (Levinthal, 2015)

The material in this chapter and the supporting web pages and video are the core of this course.  Once you understand the brain, nervous systems, neurotransmitters, and how drugs enter, exit and are metabolized you will have a solid foundation for understanding the rest of the course content.  Some of you have had several physiology courses and may be very familiar with this material.  If you are not familiar with the terms below, I recommend you download this study sheet, add more spaces to write in definitions and relevant information (or make flashcards) as you read the chapter and watch videos.

  1. Acetylcholine
  2. Biotransformation
  3. Blood-brain barrier
  4. Central nervous system (CNS)
  5. Cerebral cortex
  6. Cross-dependence
  7. Cross-tolerance
  8. Dopamine
  9. Double-blind
  10. Elimination half-life
  11. Endocannabinoids
  12. Endorphins
  13. Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)
  14. Glutamate
  15. Intramuscular
  16. Intranasal
  17. Intravenous
  18. Metabolite
  19. Neuron
  20. Neurotransmitter
  21. Norepinephrine
  22. Nucleus accumbens
  23. Parasympathetic branch of the autonomic nervous system
  24. Peripheral nervous system
  25. Placebo
  26. Reuptake
  27. Serotonin
  28. Subcutaneous
  29. Sublingual
  30. Sympathetic branch of the autonomic nervous system
  31. Synapse


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