dopamine

noun
do·​pa·​mine | \ ˈdō-pə-ˌmēn How to pronounce dopamine (audio) \

Definition of dopamine

: a monoamine C8H11NO2 that is a decarboxylated form of dopa and that occurs especially as a neurotransmitter in the brain

Examples of dopamine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Again, trusting your gut is the best way to know if a partnership is potentially unhealthy, but that can be tough to do if you’re being flooded with mixed feelings and intoxicating hormones (like dopamine and oxytocin). Katie Arnold-ratliff, SELF, 24 June 2022 And, of course, there’s the game, which mixes a spoonful of dopamine with the medicine of learning about data use. Geoffrey A. Fowler, Anchorage Daily News, 4 June 2022 All of these games can be part of a fun and healthy morning routine; giving your brain a little workout is nice, and having a new one of these puzzles to wrap your head around every day can make for a nice dopamine hit. Evan Romano, Men's Health, 18 May 2022 For instance, while a Capricorn can typically start a detailed project and see it through with no problem, a Leo may need the dopamine hit that comes from sharing their new ritual on social media. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, 26 Apr. 2022 My father’s pride was like a source of dopamine; a need to succeed with flying colors persisted into my adulthood. Laura Neilson, Vogue, 19 June 2022 And, of course, there’s the game, which mixes a spoonful of dopamine with the medicine of learning about data use. Geoffrey A. Fowler, Anchorage Daily News, 4 June 2022 Plus, vibrant prints and vivid colors for an extra fill of dopamine dressing. Laura Lajiness Kaupke, Harper's BAZAAR, 26 Apr. 2022 Power suits have been going through something of a renaissance this spring, largely powered by the rise of dopamine dressing. Jake Smith, Glamour, 7 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of dopamine

1959, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dopamine

dopa + amine

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20 Jul 2022

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“Dopamine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dopamine. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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dopamine

noun
do·​pa·​mine | \ ˈdō-pə-ˌmēn How to pronounce dopamine (audio) \

Medical Definition of dopamine

: a monoamine C8H11NO2 that is a decarboxylated form of dopa and occurs especially as a neurotransmitter in the brain and as an intermediate in the biosynthesis of epinephrine — see intropin

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