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Medical Term:

?-hydroxybutyric acid


Definition: Central nervous system depressant causing relaxation, loss of muscle tone and reduced inhibitions. Effects are enhanced when mixed with alcohol. Previously sold in health food stores as a performance-enhancing drug until banned by the FDA in 1990. Sometimes vernacularly termed date rape drug.

Synonym(s): gamma-hydroxybutyrate

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