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
Words nearby cyclic AMP
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British Dictionary definitions for cyclic AMP
cyclic adenosine monophosphate: a constituent of biological cells, responsible for triggering processes that are dependent on hormones
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Medical definitions for cyclic AMP
Adenosine 3′,5′-monophosphate; a cyclic nucleotide of adenosine that acts at the cellular level as a regulator of various metabolic processes.
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