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Meaning of kainic acid

kai'nic ac'id

Pronunciation: (kī'nik), [key]
— Pharm. Pharm.
  1. an analogue of glutamate, CHNO, derived from the red alga Digenia simplex, used experimentally to stimulate certain neurons in the brain.
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