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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Recent Examples on the Web One theory is that light intensity and time spent outdoors regulates the release of dopamine in the retina, which controls the growth of the eye. Olivia Killeen, The Conversation, "Increasing screen time during COVID-19 could be harmful to kids’ eyesight," 21 May 2020 Hormones like serotonin and dopamine can be produced to help regulate mood. Kendall Cornish, Travel + Leisure, "The Benefits of Scented Candles According to a Psychotherapist," 16 May 2020 The fact that Lopez sought out biologist Kwang-Soo Kim of McLean Hospital, who created the dopamine-producing neurons that were transplanted into Lopez, reduces ethical concerns about patient exploitation. Sharon Begley, STAT, "Ethics questions swirl around historic Parkinson’s experiment," 14 May 2020 Chocolate also contains a neurotransmitter known as anandamide, which can alter dopamine levels in the brain, causing a sense of peace and relaxation. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "Feeling Down? These Foods Are Certified To Boost Your Mood," 2 May 2020 Studies have shown a direct link between solving a puzzle and the release of dopamine in the brain. Andrew Hetherington, Popular Mechanics, "Pancakes, Euphoria, and a Robot Parade: Inside MIT's Grueling Puzzle Competition," 12 Mar. 2020 More so, eating a handful of M&M’s causes neurons in the brain to release dopamine, a neurotransmitter crucial to the brain’s motivation system. New York Times, "In Defense of a Good Cry, and Other Options for ‘Losing It’," 7 May 2020 Daily texts give you bursts of dopamine, the brain chemical connected to arousal. Damona Hoffman, Los Angeles Times, "L.A.’s love coach answers the 7 most common coronavirus dating questions," 1 May 2020 These behaviors provide dopamine beyond the givers and the receivers—to all who share their emotionally uplifting stories. Popular Science, "Why we evolved to feel empathy during pandemics and other disasters," 28 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of dopamine was in 1959

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26 May 2020

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“Dopamine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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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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