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cyclic AMP

noun, Biochemistry
1.
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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1965-1970
1965-70
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cyclic AMP

noun
1.
cyclic adenosine monophosphate: a constituent of biological cells, responsible for triggering processes that are dependent on hormones
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cyclic AMP n.
Abbr. cAMP
A cyclic nucleotide of adenosine that acts at the cellular level as a regulator of various metabolic processes. Also called adenosine 3',5'-cyclic phosphate.

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