Definition of acetylcholine in English:

Share this entry

acetylcholine

Pronunciation: /ˌasɪtʌɪlˈkəʊliːn/
Pronunciation: /ˌasɪtɪlˈkəʊliːn/

noun

[mass noun] Biochemistry
A compound which occurs throughout the nervous system, in which it functions as a neurotransmitter.
Example sentences
  • 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.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: acetyl|cho¦line

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.