gamma-aminobutyric acid

[ gam-uh uh-mee-noh-byoo-tir-ik, -am-uh-noh- ]
/ ˈgæm ə əˌmi noʊ byuˈtɪr ɪk, -ˌæm ə noʊ- /

noun


Nearby words

  1. gamma ray,
  2. gamma ray astronomy,
  3. gamma ray burst,
  4. gamma rays,
  5. gamma stock,
  6. gamma-benzene hexachloride,
  7. gamma-ray astronomy,
  8. gamma-ray burst,
  9. gammadion,
  10. gammagram

Origin of gamma-aminobutyric acid

First recorded in 1960–65; amino- + butyric acid

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British Dictionary definitions for gamma-aminobutyric acid

gamma-aminobutyric acid

/ (ˌɡæməəˌmiːnəuːbjʊˈtɪrɪk) /

noun

the full name for GABA
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Medicine definitions for gamma-aminobutyric acid

gamma-aminobutyric acid

[ găm′ə-ə-mē′nō-byōō-tîrĭk, -ăm′ə-nō- ]

n.

An amino acid that occurs in the central nervous system and that is associated with transmission of inhibitory nerve impulses.

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Science definitions for gamma-aminobutyric acid

gamma-aminobutyric acid

[ găm′ə-ə-mē′nō-byōō-tîrĭk, -ăm′ə- ]

An amino acid occurring in the brain as a neurotransmitter that acts to inhibit the transmission of nerve impulses. Certain antianxiety drugs, called benzodiazepines, mimic the actions of gamma-aminobutyric acid. Chemical formula: C4H9NO2.
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