gamma hydroxybutyrate

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

Definition of gamma hydroxybutyrate

: ghb

Examples of gamma hydroxybutyrate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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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First Known Use of gamma hydroxybutyrate

1913, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gamma hydroxybutyrate

hydroxy + butyrate

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The first known use of gamma hydroxybutyrate was in 1913

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Medical Definition of gamma hydroxybutyrate

: ghb


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