gamma-aminobutyric acid

noun
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

Examples of gamma-aminobutyric acid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Similarly, estrogen increases the release of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a neurotransmitter that reduces pain. Kirsten Nunez, SELF, 22 June 2022 Exercise reduces anxiety, at least in part, by causing the neurons that release the calming neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) to proliferate. Brodie Ramin, Outside Online, 30 Aug. 2021 The wasp's venom contains gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), an inhibitory neurotransmitter that shuts down the motor neurons, temporarily paralyzing the legs. Kenneth C. Catania, Scientific American, 1 Feb. 2021 Others make an amino acid called gamma-aminobutyric acid that naturally blocks some brain signals. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, 21 Dec. 2020 These drugs enhance the activity of the central nervous system’s main inhibitory neurotransmitter, GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid). Andrea Petersen, WSJ, 25 May 2020 What are benzodiazepines? Benzodiazepines are a class of anti-anxiety medications, or anxiolytics, that increase the activity of the gamma-aminobutyric acid receptors in the brain. Arash Javanbakht, The Conversation, 18 Oct. 2019 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, 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, 3 Apr. 2018 See More

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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-​ How to pronounce gamma-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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