Definition of muscimol in English:

muscimol

Line breaks: mus|ci¦mol
Pronunciation: /ˈmʌskɪmɒl
 
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noun

[mass noun] Chemistry
  • A narcotic and hallucinogenic compound found in the fly agaric and other fungi.
    • An alkaloid related to oxazole; chemical formula: C4H6N2O2
    More example sentences
    • Eugster and Waser first isolated muscimol from this species and it is this substance which is the main hallucinogen.
    • The substances were GABA, a GABA-enhancing compound called muscimol, and a GABA-blocking compound called bicuculline.
    • Microinjections of muscimol and bicuculline into the pontine reticular formation modify the sleep-waking cycle in the rat.

Origin

1960s: from modern Latin muscaria (see muscarine) + im(ine) + -ol.

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