Definition of acetylcholine in English:


Line breaks: acetyl|cho¦line
Pronunciation: /ˌasɪtʌɪlˈkəʊliːn
, -tɪl-/


[mass noun] Biochemistry
  • A compound which occurs throughout the nervous system, in which it functions as a neurotransmitter.
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    • In someone with Alzheimer's, cholinesterase breaks down and destroys acetylcholine, the neurotransmitter chemical.
    • All nerve agents act by inhibiting the enzyme acetylcholinesterase, which breaks down the neurotransmitter acetylcholine.
    • Possible modulators of growth include acetylcholine, dopamine, vasoactive intestinal polypeptide, and glucagon.

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