acetylcholinesterase
acetylcholinesterase acetylcholinesterase n. 1. an enzyme which exists in nerve cells and hydrolyses acetylcholine into choline and acetic acid.

Note: It is essential for neurotransmission at autonomous synapses and neuromuscular junctions, and its inhibition by acetylcholinesterase inhibitors can paralyze or kill an animal.

Syn: ACE [PJC]


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