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

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This is because their effect on the neurotransmitter dopamine may have the potential to increase the levels of the hormone prolactin in the body, which can lead to anovulation in some people. Korin Miller, SELF, "What to Know About Getting Pregnant If You Take Antipsychotics," 17 Jan. 2019 Some of these monoamines are neurotransmitters including serotonin, epinephrine, and dopamine. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Can You Really Have a Serial Killer Gene like Betty on "Riverdale"?," 9 May 2019 All of these mechanisms appear to be tied to those critical dopamine pathways. 7. Kristin Auble, SELF, "9 Facts to Know About Restless Legs Syndrome," 16 Mar. 2019 Antipsychotics generally work by affecting the levels of brain neurotransmitters that impact mood, like serotonin and dopamine, Dr. Alan explains. Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Bipolar Disorder Treatments You Should Know About," 30 Nov. 2018 In one major study, Dr. Carlsson administered an antipsychotic drug to rabbits, reducing dopamine levels in their brains. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Arvid Carlsson, Nobel laureate who uncovered a treatment for Parkinson’s, dies at 95," 2 July 2018 To see whether a similar mechanism exists in humans, her team gave 10 healthy men a drug that depletes dopamine levels. Emily Underwood, Science | AAAS, "Could deep brain stimulation help zap diabetes?," 23 May 2018 To ease symptoms of Parkinson's, some patients take levodopa and other drugs that increase dopamine levels. Ferris Jabr, Scientific American, "How the Brain Gets Addicted to Gambling," 14 May 2018 These drugs typically work by affecting the levels of brain neurotransmitters that impact mood, like dopamine and serotonin, Jamie Alan, Ph.D., an assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology at Michigan State University, tells SELF. Korin Miller, SELF, "What to Know About Getting Pregnant If You Take Antipsychotics," 17 Jan. 2019

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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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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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