noun \ˌle-və-ˈdō-pə\

Definition of LEVODOPA

:  l-dopa

First Known Use of LEVODOPA



noun \ˈlev-ə-ˌdō-pə, ˌlē-və-ˈdō-pə\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of LEVODOPA

Variants of LEVODOPA

levo·do·pa or British lae·vo·do·pa \ˌlē-və-\


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Organic compound (L-3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine) from which the body makes dopamine, a neurotransmitter deficient in persons with parkinsonism. When given orally in large daily doses, levodopa can lessen the effects of the disease. However, it becomes less effective over time and causes abnormal involuntary movements (dyskinesia).

Variants of LEVODOPA

levodopa or L-dopa


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