acetylcholinesterase

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noun ace·tyl·cho·lin·es·ter·ase \-ˌkō-lə-ˈnes-tə-ˌrās, -ˌrāz\

Definition of acetylcholinesterase

  1. :  an enzyme that occurs especially in some nerve endings and in the blood and promotes the hydrolysis of acetylcholine

1937

First Known Use of acetylcholinesterase

1937


Medical Dictionary

acetylcholinesterase

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noun ace·tyl·cho·lin·es·ter·ase \-ˌkō-lə-ˈnes-tə-ˌrās, -ˌrāz\

Medical Definition of acetylcholinesterase

  1. :  an enzyme that occurs chiefly in cholinergic nerve endings and promotes the hydrolysis of acetylcholine :  cholinesterase 1 <The 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. 2008> <Tacrine 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.



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