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Definition of the noun acetylcholine

What does acetylcholine mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: acetylcholines

  1. a neurotransmitter that is a derivative of choline; released at the ends of nerve fibers in the somatic and parasympathetic nervous systems
    • lexical domain: Substances - nouns denoting substances
    • more generic word: neurotransmitter = a neurochemical that transmits nerve impulses across a synapse

Alternative definition of the noun acetylcholine


  1. [neurotransmitter] A neurotransmitter in humans and other animals. It is an ester of acetic acid and choline with chemical formula CH3COOCH2CH2N+(CH3)3.


"Acetylcholine" is a book by Kin J. Futamachi.

  • also known as "Acetylcholine: a possible chemical transmitter at a crayfish neuromuscular junction"

Phrases with Acetylcholine

  1. Acetylcholine chloride
  2. Acetylcholine receptor
  3. Nicotinic acetylcholine receptor

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Google previewNurse Anesthesia (2009)

by John J. Nagelhout, Karen Plaus

Acetylcholine is an excitatory neurotransmitter with a widespread distribution. It is the...

Acetylcholine is the neurotransmitter at cranial nerve nuclei and ventral horn motor neurons of the spinal cord, including various collateral nerves to Renshaw cells (interneurons).

One notable difference from acetylcholine is that norepinephrine and dopamine act by means of second messengers (slow ...

Google previewMedical Sciences (2014)

by Jeannette Naish, Denise Syndercombe Court

Acetylcholine is the neurotransmitter that stimulates nicotinic receptors ...

Google previewThe Biology of Psychological Disorders (2011)

by David Linden

Acetylcholine is the endogenous agonist for the nicotinic receptor. Nicotine binds with about equal affinity. The reason why the receptor is called 'nicotinic' is that nicotine, which has much lower affinity for the muscarinic receptor, is a more ...

Google previewClinical Pharmacology (2007)

With STUDENTCONSULT Access by Peter N. Bennett, Morris J. Brown

Acetylcholine is a widespread chemotransmitter in the body, mediating a broad range of physiological effects.

Google previewAutonomic Neurology (2014)

by Eduardo E. Benarroch

KEY POINTS • Acetylcholine is the primary neurotransmitter of the preganglionic neurons and elicits fast excitation in sympathetic, parasympathetic, and ENS ganglia via gangliontype (α3 β4) nicotinic receptors. • Acetylcholine is the primary ...

Google previewFoye's Principles of Medicinal Chemistry (2008)

by Thomas L. Lemke, David A. Williams

Antimuscarinics Introduction Acetylcholine is the endogenous neurotransmitter of the parasympathetic nervous system. The parasympathetic nerve fibers are found in both the autonomic and central nervous systems. These fibers are classified ...

Google previewThe MCAT Biology Book (2015)

by Nancy Morvillo, Matthew Schmidt

Acetylcholine is the major neurotransmitter used to stimulate the contraction of skeletal muscles. Others, such as seratonin and dopamine, function primarily in the brain and are involved with emotional responses and “higher brain functions”.

Google previewRoss & Wilson Anatomy and Physiology in Health and Illness (2010)

by Anne Waugh, Allison Grant

Acetylcholine is the neurotransmitter at sympathetic ganglia. The postganglionic neurone. This has its cell body in a ganglion and terminates in the organ or tissue supplied. Noradrenaline (norepinephrine) is usually the neurotransmitter at ...

Google previewRobbins and Cotran Review of Pathology (2009)

by Edward C. Klatt, Vinay Kumar

Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter that does not act on inflammatory cells. Cyclic AMP acts as a “second messenger” within a cell. Heparan sulfate is a component of the extracellular matrix that does not have a signaling function. Transforming ...

Google previewCurbside Consultation in Endoscopy (2009)

49 Clinical Questions by J. W. C. Leung, Simon Lo

Acetylcholine is the neurotransmitter that causes contraction of the smooth muscle of the lower esophagus, while nitric oxide (NO) and vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (VIP) promote relaxation. In achalasia, it is believed that inflammation of ...

Google previewHow We Remember (2012)

Brain Mechanisms of Episodic Memory by Michael E. Hasselmo

Acetylcholine Blockers Acetylcholine is a neurochemical released at a number Chapter 6. Drug Effects on the Dynamics of Encoding and Retrieval Drug ...

Google previewDiet and Exercise in Cognitive Function and Neurological Diseases (2015)

by Akhlaq A. Farooqui, Tahira Farooqui

Acetylcholine is a potent anti‐inflammatory molecule and a master regulator of other neurotransmitters and neuropeptides. This may explain the beneficial actions of exercise seen in its ability to reduce inflammation, upregulation of immune ...

Google previewPlants and the Human Brain (2014)

by David O. Kennedy

Acetylcholine is the principal excitatory neurotransmitter in the insect central nervous system (as opposed to glutamate in mammals). It is also the principal neurotransmitter in sensory neurons,306 and it contributes to olfactory and tactile ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Behavioral Neuroscience (2010)

Acetylcholine and Nicotine Acetylcholine is an important neurotransmitter at skeletal muscles where it excites muscles by way of nicotinic receptors. In the autonomic nervous system, acetylcholine can activate or inhibit visceral muscles via ...

Google previewClinical Naturopathy (2010)

An evidence-based guide to practice by Jerome Sarris, Jon Wardle

Neurotransmitters activated by the SNS include adrenaline and noradrenaline, whereas acetylcholine is the predominant neurotransmitter of the PNS. In a healthy state there is balance between the SNS and PNS. However, during stress the ...

Google previewUltimate Review for the Neurology Boards, Second Edition (2009)

by Stephan Eisenchenk, MD, Michael S. Okun, MD

Acetylcholine is the neurotransmitter of the pre- and postganglionic parasympathetic and preganglionic sympathetic system. B. Norepinephrine is the ...

Google previewAnimal Colour Changes and Their Neurohumours

Acetylcholine is a choline derivative the functional efficiency of which TELEOST CHROMATOPHORES 141.

Google previewHandbook of ICU Therapy (2014)

by John Fuller, Jeff Granton, Ian McConachie

Neurotransmitters Acetylcholine is the primary mediator of both the.

Google previewBerne & Levy Physiology, Updated Edition (2009)

by Bruce M. Koeppen, Bruce A. Stanton

acetylcholine is an extracellular agonist that controls the gating of a cation-selective channel in the motor end plate of skeletal muscle ...

Google previewClinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics (2011)

by Roger Walker

Acetylcholine is the main transmitter maintaining general arousal but there is evidence that heightened emotional arousal is particularly associated with noradrenergic and serotonergic activity. Drugs which antagonise such activity have ...

Google previewTietz Textbook of Clinical Chemistry and Molecular Diagnostics (2012)

by Carl A. Burtis, Edward R. Ashwood, David E. Bruns

Acetylcholine is an essential neurotransmitter that affects parasympathetic synapses (autonomic and CNS), sympathetic preganglionic synapses, and the neuromuscular junction (see also prior section, “Toxic Syndromes”). Clinical ...

Google previewLearning and Memory (1999)

The Brain in Action by Marilee Sprenger

Acetylcholine is an important neurotransmitter related to memory. It is the chemical responsible for many dreams. Endorphin is the body's natural pain killer . An abundance of Chicken Soup for the Brain: The Effects of Brain Chemicals 23.

Google previewEmergency Medicine (2008)

Expert Consult -- Online by James G. Adams

Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter released from cholinergic nerve endings in the central (brain and spinal cord) and the peripheral (autonomic and somatic) nervous systems. In the autonomic (sympathetic and parasympathetic) nervous ...

Google previewOlives and Olive Oil in Health and Disease Prevention (2010)

by Victor R. Preedy, Ronald Ross Watson

Acetylcholine is an important physiological neurotransmitter released by the parasympathetic nervous system, which achieves its effect in different organ systems through the activation of muscarinic receptors. The drugs with actions like ...

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Scrabble value of A1C3E1T1Y4L1C3H4O1L1I1N1E1

The value of this 13-letter word is 23 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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