4-hydroxybutanoic acid

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(gammahydroxybutyric acid; GHB)

A naturally occurring carboxylic acid, HO(CH2)3COOH, found in small amounts in most living things. It is used as a therapeutic drug to treat insomnia, depression and alcoholism. GHB, as it is commonly known, is also used as an illegal club drug and as a date-rape drug.

4-hydroxybutanoic acid

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