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: an enzyme that occurs chiefly in cholinergic nerve endings and promotes the hydrolysis of acetylcholine: cholinesterasesense 1The therapeutic rationale is that inhibition of acetylcholinesterase enhances sympathetic ganglionic neurotransmission and that the effect is maximal when the patient is upright, since sympathetic-nerve traffic is greatest in this position. —Roy Freeman, The New England Journal of Medicine, 7 Feb. 2008Tacrine is a potent, centrally active, reversible acetylcholinesterase inhibitor that prevents the degradation of endogenously released acetylcholine. —Margaret J. Knapp et al., The Journal of the American Medical Association, 6 Apr. 1994
Acetylcholinesterase is also found in red blood cells where its function there is unknown.