One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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Any of a class of synthetic compounds which facilitate transmission of nerve impulses in the brain and appear to improve memory and learning capacity.
- ‘He said the results were "particularly striking" among the older people -- they scored near the range of the young people after taking Ampakine.’
- ‘The two men who oversaw the experiments say that Ampakine clearly improved their subjects’ capacity to remember.’
1990s: from AMPA (an acronym denoting certain receptors in the brain) + Greek kinein ‘to move’.
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