dopa

noun
do·pa | \ˈdō-pə, -(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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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, New York Times, "Arvid Carlsson, Who Discovered a Treatment for Parkinson’s, Dies at 95," 1 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

noun
do·pa | \ˈdō-pə, -(ˌ)pä \

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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