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See also: gaba, Gaba, and gába





  1. (organic chemistry) Acronym of gamma-aminobutyric acid.
    • 2001, Leslie Iversen, Drugs: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford 2001, p. 58)
      [Valium] was followed by many imitators, all sharing the same pharmacological mechanism, which is to enhance the actions of the key inhibitory brain chemical messenger GABA.
    • 2003, Samuel H. Barondes, chapter 4, in Better than Prozac, Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 54:
      Its action as an inhibitor also distinguishes GABA from the “big three” amines—dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin—which generally stimulate brain circuits.

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