cholinesterase

noun cho·lin·es·ter·ase \ ˌkō-lə-ˈnes-tə-ˌrās , -ˌrāz \
Updated on: 29 Mar 2018

Definition of cholinesterase

1 : an enzyme that occurs chiefly at neuromuscular junctions and promotes the hydrolysis of acetylcholine at postsynaptic receptors : acetylcholinesterase

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1932

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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cholinesterase

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

medical Definition of cholinesterase

1 : an enzyme that occurs chiefly at neuromuscular junctions and promotes the hydrolysis of acetylcholine at postsynaptic receptors : acetylcholinesterase
  • The acetylcholine released by cholinergic fibers is rapidly decomposed by the action of cholinesterase.
  • —John W. HoleHuman Anatomy & Physiology1981
  • As a cholinesterase inhibitor, it increases parasympathetic nervous system activity.
  • —T. A. Farley et. al.The Journal of the American Medical Association2 June 1999

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