gamma-aminobutyric acid

gam·​ma-ami·​no·​bu·​tyr·​ic acid | \ ˌga-mə-ə-ˌmē-(ˌ)nō-byü-ˈtir-ik- How to pronounce gamma-aminobutyric acid (audio) , 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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The most common prescription sleeping pills (including zoplidem and eszopiclone) work on receptors for the neurotransmitter GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), the main inhibitory neurotransmitter in your central nervous system. Korin Miller, SELF, "Chrissy Teigen Says She Woke Up ‘Covered in Chewed Gum’ After Taking a Sleeping Pill," 27 Sep. 2018 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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First Known Use of gamma-aminobutyric acid

1900, in the meaning defined above

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gamma-aminobutyric acid

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-​ How to pronounce γ-aminobutyric acid (audio) \

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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