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Medical Term:

kainic acid

Pronunciation: ka-in'ik as'id

Definition: A glutamate analogue that exhibits powerful and long-acting excitatory and toxic activity on neurons. In neurobiology, it is used as a research tool to destroy neurons and as an activator of glutamate receptors; it has been used as an anthelmintic against nematodes.

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