gamma hydroxybutyrate


gamma hy·​droxy·​bu·​ty·​rate -hī-ˌdräk-sē-ˈbyü-tə-ˌrāt How to pronounce gamma hydroxybutyrate (audio)
: ghb

Examples of gamma hydroxybutyrate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Each kit contains 10 tests that detect gamma hydroxybutyrate, also called GHB, or ketamine, two commonly used date-rape drugs. Los Angeles Times, 25 Aug. 2022 Mid-Columbia had won a contract for a study of gamma hydroxybutyrate, or GHB, for the treatment of narcolepsy. Brendan I. Koerner, Wired, 12 Oct. 2021 The coasters test for gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB) and ketamine, two of the most common date-rape drugs, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 18 Oct. 2019

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Word History


hydroxy + butyrate

First Known Use

1913, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gamma hydroxybutyrate was in 1913

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“Gamma hydroxybutyrate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

Medical Definition

gamma hydroxybutyrate

: ghb
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