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n. Abbr. GHB
A compound, C4H8O3, similar in structure and function to gamma-aminobutyric acid, usually used in the form of its sodium salt. It is prescribed to treat certain symptoms of narcolepsy and is used illegally for its euphoric and sedative effects.

gamma-hydroxybutyrate, gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB)

n gamma-hidroxibutirato, ácido gamma hidroxi-butírico, éxtasis líquido (fam)
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When the sensor developed by a team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) is mixed with a sample of a beverage containing gamma-hydroxybutyric acid, the mixture changes color in less than 30 seconds, making detection of the drug fast and easy.
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The UK government made the "date rape" drug gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) illegal in 2003, and gamma-Butyrolactone (GBL), a close chemical equivalent of GHB, in December 2009.
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They discovered a plastic tub containing a white paste they believed was gamma-hydroxybutyric acid, known as GHB.
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Gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) in the treatment of alcohol withdrawal syndrome: A randomized comparative study versus benzodiazepine, Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research (1999) 23:1596-1604.