gamma-aminobutyric acid

noun
gam·ma-ami·no·bu·tyr·ic acid | \ˌga-mə-ə-ˌmē-(ˌ)nō-byü-ˈtir-ik-, ˌga-mə-ˌa-mə-(ˌ)nō-\

Definition of gamma-aminobutyric acid 

: an amino acid C4H9NO2 that is a neurotransmitter which induces inhibition of postsynaptic neurons

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Flynn wanted to see how gamma-Aminobutyric acid, shortened to GABA, could be used to save a plant's life during exposure to the extreme cold. Michael Walsh, Courant Community, "Saint Timothy Middle School Students Excel At Connecticut Science Fair," 3 Apr. 2018

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1900, in the meaning defined above

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gamma-aminobutyric acid

noun
gam·ma-ami·no·bu·tyr·ic acid
variants: also γ-aminobutyric acid \ˌgam-ə-ə-ˌmē-(ˌ)nō-byü-ˌtir-ik-, ˌgam-ə-ˌam-ə-(ˌ)nō- \

Medical Definition of gamma-aminobutyric acid 

: an amino acid C4H9NO2 that is a neurotransmitter that induces inhibition of postsynaptic neurons

called also GABA

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