Definition of adenosine monophosphate in English:

adenosine monophosphate

(also AMP)

Pronunciation /əˌdenəˌsēn ˌmänōˈfäsˌfāt/ /əˌdɛnəˌsin ˌmɑnoʊˈfɑsˌfeɪt/


  • A compound consisting of an adenosine molecule bonded to one acidic phosphate group, present in most DNA and RNA. It often exists in a cyclic form with the phosphate bonded to the nucleoside at two points.

    • ‘Phosphate is necessary for the generation of adenosine triphosphate from adenosine diphosphate and adenosine monophosphate and other crucial phosphorylation reactions.’
    • ‘These effectors can assume a vast diversity of chemical forms, ranging from simple inorganic molecules to complex nucleotides such as cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP).’
    • ‘Drugs that inhibit phosphodiesterase, the enzyme that catalyzes the breakdown of adenosine triphosphate to cyclic adenosine monophosphate, enhance cardiac contractility in heart failure.’
    • ‘Adenylyl cyclases convert intracellular adenosine triphosphate into cyclic adenosine monophosphate, a major second messenger in the cell that regulates many cellular processes.’
    • ‘This creates a new ATP molecule, along with one of adenosine monophosphate.’


adenosine monophosphate

/əˌdenəˌsēn ˌmänōˈfäsˌfāt/ /əˌdɛnəˌsin ˌmɑnoʊˈfɑsˌfeɪt/