hydroxybutyric acid


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hydroxybutyric acid

/hy·droxy·bu·tyr·ic ac·id/ (-bu-tir´ik) any of several hydroxy derivatives of butyric acid; β-h.a. (3-h.a.) is a ketone body and is elevated in the blood and urine in ketosis, and γ-h.a. (4-h.a.) is elevated in some body fluids in semialdehyde dehydrogenase deficiency.

hydroxybutyric acid

(hī-drŏk′sē-byo͞o-tîr′ĭk)
n.
Any of several organic acids, C4H8O3, that are derivatives of butyric acid. One of these acids, beta-hydroxybutyric acid, is a ketone body that accumulates in the blood and urine when fat is being metabolized.

hydroxybutyric acid

C4H8O3, any of the acids present in the urine, esp. in diabetic ketoacidosis, when the conversion of fatty acids to ketones increases.
See also: acid
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FDA Issues Alert about Misuse of Consumer Products Containing Gamma Hydroxybutyric Acid (GHB), Gamma Butyrolactone (GBL), and 1,4 Butanediol (BD) (June 15, 1999) (Letter (PDF), Poster) (see also January 21, 1999 Talk Paper)
The 1998 remake finds Ulmer, a reserve linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings, acting on his love for Lucie Manette Darnay not by spiriting her husband - his friend - out of prison and taking his place but by slipping gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) into her ginger ale.
RTL) now offers a new lab-based urine test for the detection of gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB).