hydroxybutyric acid

hy·​droxy·​bu·​tyr·​ic acid | \hī-ˌdräk-sē-byu̇-ˈtir-ik- \

Definition of hydroxybutyric acid 

: a hydroxy derivative C4H8O3 of butyric acid that is excreted in increased quantities in the urine in diabetes

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The protective effect may have been caused by the ketone 3-beta-hydroxybutyric acid (3-OHB), the study said. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Ketogenic diets extend life, health, memory, two studies in mice find," 5 Sep. 2017

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1879, in the meaning defined above

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hydroxybutyric acid

hy·​droxy·​bu·​tyr·​ic acid | \-byu̇-ˌtir-ik- \
variants: or β-hydroxybutyric acid \ˈbāt-​ə-​, chiefly British ˈbēt-​ə-​ \

Medical Definition of hydroxybutyric acid 

: a derivative C4H8O3 of butyric acid that is excreted in urine in increased quantities in diabetes

called also oxybutyric acid

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