pentylene tetrazol

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A synthetic, white, crystalline, bitter-tasting drug that functions as a central nervous system stimulant by reducing the recovery time of neurons following action potentials, this effect being brought about by increasing the permeability of the neurons' cell membranes to potassium. Also called Metrazol (trademark). [From its chemical name pent(ameth)ylene tetrazol(e)]

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