acetylcholinesterase

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a·ce·tyl·cho·li·nes·ter·ase

 (ə-sēt′l-kō′lə-nĕs′tə-rās′, -rāz′)
n.
An enzyme in the blood and in certain tissues that catalyzes the hydrolysis of acetylcholine.

acetylcholinesterase

(əˈsiːtaɪlˌkəʊliːnˈɛstərˌeɪz; ˈæsɪtaɪl-)
n
(Biochemistry) an enzyme in nerve cells that is responsible for the destruction of acetylcholine and thus for switching off excitation of the nerve

a•ce•tyl•cho•lin•es•ter•ase

(əˌsit lˌkoʊ ləˈnɛs təˌreɪs, -ˌreɪz, əˌsɛt-, ˌæs ɪ tl-)

n.
an enzyme that counteracts the effects of acetylcholine by hydrolyzing it to choline and acetate.
[1945–50]
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By immobilizing the cholinesterase enzyme on the carrier in the detection device, the reaction makes it possible to detect the paralytic nerve warfare agents in the vapor-air mixture and also in water.
Organophosphates (contained in regulated agricultural insecticides and ingested to attempt suicide) cause harm by inhibiting function of the cholinesterase enzyme.
An exposed person will show abnormally low levels of cholinesterase enzyme activity as measured in the serum or in red blood cells (as RBC cholinesterase).