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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [koh-luh-nes-tuh-reys, -reyz, kol-uh-]
    • /ˌkoʊ ləˈnɛs təˌreɪs, -ˌreɪz, ˌkɒl ə-/
    • /kˈɒlaɪnstərˌeɪz/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [koh-luh-nes-tuh-reys, -reyz, kol-uh-]
    • /ˌkoʊ ləˈnɛs təˌreɪs, -ˌreɪz, ˌkɒl ə-/

Definitions of cholinesterase word

  • noun cholinesterase an enzyme that hydrolyses acetylcholine to choline and acetic acid 3
  • noun cholinesterase an enzyme which hydrolyzes a choline ester; esp., acetylcholine, which converts to choline and acetic acid, thus canceling a nerve impulse transmission 3
  • noun cholinesterase an enzyme, found especially in the heart, brain, and blood, that hydrolyzes acetylcholine to acetic acid and choline. 1
  • noun cholinesterase An enzyme, especially acetylcholinesterase, that hydrolyzes esters of choline. 1
  • noun cholinesterase (biochemistry) An enzyme, in muscles, nerves etc, that catalyzes the hydrolysis of acetylcholine or other choline ester. 0

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Origin of cholinesterase

First appearance:

before 1930
One of the 10% newest English words
First recorded in 1930-35; choline + esterase

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cholinesterase popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 61% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
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