Definition of adenylic acid in English:

adenylic acid


mass nounBiochemistry
  • 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.’


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


adenylic acid