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cyclic AMP

[ sahy-klik ey-em-pee, siklik ]
/ ˈsaɪ klɪk ˈeɪˈɛmˈpi, ˈsɪk lɪk /
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noun Biochemistry.
a cyclic anhydride of adenosine monophosphate formed from adenosine triphosphate by the action of adenylate cyclase: in cellular metabolism, it acts as an intracellular amplifier or second messenger of signals derived from hormones or neurotransmitters.
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Also called cAMP [kamp], /kæmp/, adenosine cyclic monophosphate.

Origin of cyclic AMP

First recorded in 1965–70
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cyclic AMP

noun
cyclic adenosine monophosphate: a constituent of biological cells, responsible for triggering processes that are dependent on hormones
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