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nepetalactone


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A chemical compound, mildly sedative to humans but strongly psychotropic to most cats, first isolated in 1941 in catnip. Formula: C10H14O2. [From Latin nepeta catnip + English lactone an organic compound with carbon atoms forming part of a ring, from Latin lac, lactis milk + -one indicating a chemical compound, from -one a feminine name suffix]

Subjects: Psychology.


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