dopa

noun
do·​pa | \ ˈdō-pə How to pronounce dopa (audio) , -(ˌ)pä \

Definition of dopa

: a phenolic amino acid C9H11NO4 occurring naturally (as in fava beans) or prepared synthetically (as from tyrosine) — compare l-dopa

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Recent Examples on the Web Even so, the amount of L-dopa that actually reaches its destination varies widely from patient to patient for reasons that only recently became clear. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "How Gut Microbes Shape Our Response to Drugs," 1 Jan. 2020 Balskus and her team, meanwhile, are testing a molecule that would stop bacteria from breaking down L-dopa. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "How Gut Microbes Shape Our Response to Drugs," 1 Jan. 2020 As a result, for CNS diseases like Parkinson’s disease, physicians are limited to prescribing symptomatic treatments like L-dopa and a long list of drugs developed more than 50 years ago for psychiatric disorders. Amar Dhand, STAT, "It’s time to find new targets for brain diseases instead of just pursuing old ones," 26 June 2019 Noradrenaline is synthesized in the body from dopamine, which in turn is metabolized from L-dopa. Denise Gellene, BostonGlobe.com, "Arvid Carlsson, 95; discovered a treatment for Parkinson’s," 2 July 2018 Noradrenaline is synthesized in the body from dopamine, which in turn is metabolized from L-dopa. Denise Gellene, BostonGlobe.com, "Arvid Carlsson, 95; discovered a treatment for Parkinson’s," 2 July 2018 Noradrenaline is synthesized in the body from dopamine, which in turn is metabolized from L-dopa. Denise Gellene, BostonGlobe.com, "Arvid Carlsson, 95; discovered a treatment for Parkinson’s," 2 July 2018 Noradrenaline is synthesized in the body from dopamine, which in turn is metabolized from L-dopa. Denise Gellene, BostonGlobe.com, "Arvid Carlsson, 95; discovered a treatment for Parkinson’s," 2 July 2018 Noradrenaline is synthesized in the body from dopamine, which in turn is metabolized from L-dopa. Denise Gellene, BostonGlobe.com, "Arvid Carlsson, 95; discovered a treatment for Parkinson’s," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of dopa

1917, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dopa

International Scientific Vocabulary dihydroxy- + phenylalanine

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“Dopa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dopa. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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dopa

noun
do·​pa | \ ˈdō-pə, -(ˌ)pä How to pronounce dopa (audio) \

Medical Definition of dopa

: an amino acid C9H11NO4 that in the levorotatory form is found in the broad bean and is used in the treatment of Parkinson's disease

called also dihydroxyphenylalanine

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Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about dopa

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