hydroxybutyric acid


hy·​droxy·​bu·​tyr·​ic acid hī-ˌdräk-sē-byu̇-ˈtir-ik- How to pronounce hydroxybutyric acid (audio)
: a hydroxy derivative C4H8O3 of butyric acid that is excreted in increased quantities in the urine in diabetes

Examples of hydroxybutyric acid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The new indictment alleges that from 2011 to 2019 — a far longer period than was previously alleged by federal prosecutors — Buck used his apartment on Laurel Avenue in West Hollywood to distribute methamphetamine, clonazepam and the party drug GHB, gamma hydroxybutyric acid. Matt Hamilton, Los Angeles Times, 4 Aug. 2020 Other drugs used are Ketamine and GHB, or Gamma-hydroxybutyric acid, according to the community alert. Matt Yan, BostonGlobe.com, 30 May 2022 Giles, 24, died the same day she was dropped at the hospital of multiple drug intoxication, with cocaine, fentanyl, gamma-hydroxybutyric acid — GHB, a date rape drug — and ketamine in her system, the medical examiner-coroner ruled. Marlene Lenthang, NBC News, 4 Apr. 2022 Giles died of multiple drug intoxication, including cocaine, fentanyl, gamma-hydroxybutyric acid, and ketamine. Adam Sabes, Fox News, 3 Apr. 2022 Buck is accused of distributing narcotics gamma hydroxybutyric acid and clonazepam, sedatives that the DEA has described as date-rape drugs. NBC News, 19 Sep. 2019 The protective effect may have been caused by the ketone 3-beta-hydroxybutyric acid (3-OHB), the study said. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, 5 Sep. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1879, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hydroxybutyric acid was in 1879

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“Hydroxybutyric acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydroxybutyric%20acid. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition

hydroxybutyric acid

hy·​droxy·​bu·​tyr·​ic acid -byu̇-ˌtir-ik- How to pronounce hydroxybutyric acid (audio)
variants or β-hydroxybutyric acid
ˈbāt-ə-, chiefly British ˈbēt-ə-
: a derivative C4H8O3 of butyric acid that is excreted in urine in increased quantities in diabetes

called also oxybutyric acid

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