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Main article: Glutamic acid

Glutamate is a salt of glutamic acid so the carboxylate anions and salts are known as glutamates.

In neuroscience, glutamate is an important neurotransmitter in both the diencephalon and telencephalon and in nerve impulse transmission in the peripheral nervous system

It plays a key role in long-term potentiation and is important for learning and memory.[1]


This is from gluttacid + ate (indicating a salt or ester of an acid)

See also


  1. includeonly>Robert Sapolsky. "Biology and Human Behavior: The Neurological Origins of Individuality, 2nd edition", 'The Teaching Company'. “see pages 19 and 20 of Guide Book”