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These nerve poisons can inhibit an enzyme called cholinesterase, which breaks down a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine.
The balance is very delicate indeed, and government veterinarians have found that repeated small doses can gradually deplete an animal’s supply of cholinesterase, so that without warning a minute additional dose will cause poisoning.
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medical Definition of cholinesterase
- The acetylcholine released by cholinergic fibers is rapidly decomposed by the action of cholinesterase.
- —John W. Hole, Human Anatomy & Physiology, 1981
- As a cholinesterase inhibitor, it increases parasympathetic nervous system activity.
- —T. A. Farley et. al., The Journal of the American Medical Association, 2 June 1999
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