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kainic acid

[ kahy-nik ]
/ ˈkaɪ nɪk /
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noun Pharmacology.

an analogue of glutamate, C10H15NO4, derived from the red alga Digenia simplex, used experimentally to stimulate certain neurons in the brain.

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Origin of kainic acid

1953; <Japanese kain(in-sō) the name of the alga + -ic

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