hydroxybutyric acid

hy·​droxy·​bu·​tyr·​ic acid | \ hī-ˌdräk-sē-byu̇-ˈtir-ik- How to pronounce hydroxybutyric acid (audio) \

Definition of hydroxybutyric acid

: 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 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

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First Known Use of hydroxybutyric acid

1879, in the meaning defined above

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“Hydroxybutyric acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydroxybutyric%20acid. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for hydroxybutyric acid

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-​ \

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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