Definition of pseudocholinesterase in English:

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pseudocholinesterase

Pronunciation: /ˌso͞odōˌkōləˈnestəˌrās/ /-rāz/

noun

Biochemistry
An enzyme present in the blood and certain organs that hydrolyzes acetylcholine more slowly than acetylcholinesterase.
Example sentences
  • He reviews the field from the genetic variation in plasma cholinesterase (pseudocholinesterase) reported in 1956 to current investigations into interethnic frequency differences of enzyme variants.
  • Only small amounts are excreted unchanged in the urine. A genetic pseudocholinesterase deficiency could lead to increased cocaine levels.

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Syllabification: pseu·do·cho·lin·es·ter·ase

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