hydroxybutyric acid


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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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BD is a chemical precursor of gamma butyrolactone (GBL) and gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB), both of which are illegal to manufacture or market in the United States.
eutrophus glucose plus proprionic acid, and discovered that the organisms produced a copolymer of hydroxybutyric acid and hydroxyvaleric acid (ICI officially tradenamed the product "PHBV" in the U.S., and "Biopol" in Europe.)
Gardai now fear that GHB - Gamma Hydroxybutyric Acid - is on its way to clubs in Ireland.
GHB has been illegally marketed under a variety of names, including Gamma Hydroxybutyric Acid, Sodium Oxybate, Sodium Oxybutyrate, Gamma Hydroxybutyrate Sodium, Gamma-OH, 4-Hydroxy Butyrate, Gamma Hydrate, and Somatomax PM.