cyclic AMP

noun

: a cyclic mononucleotide of adenosine that is formed from ATP and is responsible for the intracellular mediation of hormonal effects on various cellular processes

called also adenosine 3′,5′-monophosphate

Word History

First Known Use

1955, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cyclic AMP was in 1955

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“Cyclic AMP.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cyclic%20AMP. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

cyclic AMP

noun
: a cyclic mononucleotide of adenosine that is formed from ATP and is responsible for the intracellular mediation of hormonal effects on various cellular processes (as lipid metabolism, membrane transport, and cell proliferation)
abbreviation cAMP

called also adenosine 3′,5′-monophosphate

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