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anandamide etymon?

Hiranya S. Roychowdhury hroychow at NMSU.Edu
Wed Nov 25 15:14:50 EST 1998

Dear Colleagues,
        The neuro- and immunomodulatory fatty acid derivative,
arachidonylethanolamine, is also trivially known as "ananandamide". Could
anybody tell me what the etymology of the word "anandamide", as applied to
this compound is? I have not been able to trace the original coinage so far,
but have a nagging feeling that it has to do with the Sanskrit word
"Anandam", meaning bliss or happiness (given the occurance of this comp. in


Dr. Hiranya Sankar Roychowdhury
Plant Genetic Engineering Lab.
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, NM 88003
Ph. (505) 646-5785
hroychow at nmsu.edu

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