Definition of adenylic acid in English:

adenylic acid

noun

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

    • ‘Nitric oxide is a cellular signal that activates guanylyl cyclase to cyclic adenylic acid (cyclic AMP), causing vasodilation.’

Origin

Late 19th century: adenylic from adenine + -yl + -ic.

Pronunciation:

adenylic acid

/ˌadɪˈnɪlɪk/