hydroxybutyric acid

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hy·drox·y·bu·tyr·ic acid

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.

hy•drox′y•bu•tyr′ic ac′id

(haɪˈdrɒk si byuˈtɪr ɪk, -ˌdrɒk-)
one of several volatile liquids of the form C4H8O3, soluble in water, alcohol, and ether, found in the urine of diabetics or made synthetically.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hydroxybutyric acid - hydroxy derivative of butyric acid
butanoic acid, butyric acid - an unpleasant smelling fatty acid found especially in butter
beta-hydroxybutyric acid - beta derivative of hydroxybutyric acid that is found in the blood and urine in some cases of impaired metabolism
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Butyrate can be convered to the inhibitory gamma aminobutyric acid or GABA or the excitatory beta hydroxybutyric acid.