cholinesterase

[koh-luh-nes-tuh-reys, -reyz, kol-uh-]
noun Biochemistry.
an enzyme, found especially in the heart, brain, and blood, that hydrolyzes acetylcholine to acetic acid and choline.

Origin:
1930–35; choline + esterase

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cholinesterase (ˌkəʊlɪˈnɛstəˌreɪs, ˌkɒl-)
 
n
an enzyme that hydrolyses acetylcholine to choline and acetic acid

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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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