Meaning of Ampakine in English:


Pronunciation /ˈampəkʌɪn/


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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.

    ‘The two men who oversaw the experiments say that Ampakine clearly improved their subjects’ capacity to remember.’
    • ‘He said the results were "particularly striking" among the older people -- they scored near the range of the young people after taking Ampakine.’


1990s from AMPA (an acronym denoting certain receptors in the brain) + Greek kinein ‘to move’.