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kainic acid

[kahy-nik] /ˈkaɪ nɪk/
noun, Pharmacology
1.
an analogue of glutamate, C 10 H 15 NO 4 , derived from the red alga Digenia simplex, used experimentally to stimulate certain neurons in the brain.
Origin
1953
1953; < Japanese kain(in-sō) the name of the alga + -ic
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