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cholinesterase

[koh-luh-nes-tuh-reys, -reyz, kol-uh-] /ˌkoʊ ləˈnɛs təˌreɪs, -ˌreɪz, ˌkɒl ə-/
noun, Biochemistry
1.
an enzyme, found especially in the heart, brain, and blood, that hydrolyzes acetylcholine to acetic acid and choline.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35; choline + esterase
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  • Carbaryl is a cholinesterase inhibitor and is toxic to humans.
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cholinesterase

/ˌkəʊlɪˈnɛstəˌreɪs; ˌkɒl-/
noun
1.
an enzyme that hydrolyses acetylcholine to choline and acetic acid
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cholinesterase in Medicine

cholinesterase cho·lin·es·ter·ase (kō'lə-něs'tə-rās', -rāz')
n.
An enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of choline esters chiefly at nerve terminals, where it hydrolyzes and inactivates acetylcholine.

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