Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A crystalline substance, C10H12N2, that is formed in plant and animal tissues from tryptophan and is an intermediate in various metabolic processes.

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  • n. a heterocyclic amine found in both plant and animal tissue, where it is an intermediate in several metabolic schemes.
  • n. Any of a class of neurotransmitters and psychedelic drugs derived from this compound.

Etymologies

trypt(ophan) + amine.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • New drugs belonging to the phenethylamine, tryptamine and piperazine families were also identified.

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  • Once decarboxylated, tryptamine (step 2) is dimethylated by S-adenosyl-methionine (SAM) via nucleophilic attack.

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  • This reaction is mediated by tryptamine-N-methyltransferase enzyme.

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  • The molecular structures of these two substances are similar; lysergic acid contains tryptamine as part of its molecule.

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  • The magic molecule animating Ayahuasca is the fearsome and revered tryptamine known as DMT. '

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  • The magic molecule animating Ayahuasca is the fearsome and revered tryptamine known as DMT.

    Have You Ever Taken Ayahuasca in the Peruvian Amazon?

  • Ucuba fruits, called semen of the sun, cause tryptamine freakouts.

    The Fruit Hunters

  • Conversion of this amino acid to histidine results in blue emission having a wavelength maxima at 450 nanometers, whereas conversion to tryptamine results in a major fluorescence peak around 480 nanometers along with a shoulder that peaks around 500 nanometers.

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  • On 21 February 2006 the United States Supreme Court ruled that a church in New Mexico should be exempt from the law, which everybody else has to obey, against the taking of hallucinogenic drugs. 8 Faithful members of the Centro Espirita Beneficiente Uniao do Vegetal believe that they can understand God only by drinking hoasca tea, which contains the illegal hallucinogenic drug dimethyl-tryptamine.

    The God Delusion

  • Now, the fascinating things are that the beta-carbolines found within that liana are MAO inhibitors of the precise sort necessary to potentiate the tryptamine.

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