noun Biochemistry.
  1. a crystalline substance, C10H12N2, that is formed from tryptophan and is involved in various metabolic processes.

Origin of tryptamine

First recorded in 1925–30; trypt(ophan) + amine Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

tryptamine in Medicine


  1. A crystalline substance that is formed in plant and animal tissues from tryptophan and is an intermediate in various metabolic processes.
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