NMDA

noun
\ ˌen-(ˌ)em-(ˌ)dē-ˈā How to pronounce NMDA (audio) \

Definition of NMDA

: a synthetic amino acid C5H9NO4 that binds selectively to a subset of glutamate receptors on neurons where the binding of glutamate results in the opening of calcium channels

First Known Use of NMDA

1986, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for NMDA

N-methyl-D-aspartate

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“NMDA.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/NMDA. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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NMDA

noun
\ ˌen-(ˌ)em-(ˌ)dē-ˈā How to pronounce NMDA (audio) \

Medical Definition of NMDA

: a synthetic amino acid C5H9NO4 that binds selectively to a subset of glutamate receptors on neurons where the binding of glutamate results in the opening of calcium channels

called also N-methyl-D-aspartate

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