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 Newness gives us a hit of dopamine, which fades as the novelty wears off. Rainesford Stauffer, The Atlantic, "You Don’t Need to Leave Home to Build a Life," 6 May 2021 Regularly practicing appreciation, gratitude and curiosity activates the brain regions associated with dopamine (the feel-good neurotransmitter) and help lock us into a virtuous cycle with others. Expert Panel®, Forbes, "15 Vital Skills And Traits Every Leader Needs To Manage Tomorrow’s Workplace," 28 Apr. 2021 For introverts, a little dopamine goes a long way, and too much of anything can be exhausting. Roxanne Roberts, Washington Post, "Introverts are dreading a return to the noise, crowds and small talk of ‘normal’ life," 31 Mar. 2021 This experience works chemically on the brain, creating surges of adrenaline and floods of dopamine. Chris Carosa, Forbes, "How Parents Can Use Storytelling To Raise Financially Literate Children," 19 Apr. 2021 Shankman, like Schwartz, doesn't take medication for his ADHD but has figured out what works to raise his dopamine levels in the morning and get off to the best start. Chelsea Leah, Wired, "How Technology Can Help You Cope With ADHD," 7 Apr. 2021 Dwindling levels of dopamine can translate into lower motivation to exercise, maintain a healthy lifestyle or perform daily tasks. The Conversation, oregonlive, "This is actually why you’ve gained weight during the pandemic," 3 Apr. 2021 Dwindling levels of dopamine can translate into lower motivation to exercise, maintain a healthy lifestyle or perform daily tasks. Lina Begdache, The Conversation, "Unwanted weight gain or weight loss during the pandemic? Blame your stress hormones," 2 Apr. 2021 Bupropion, an antidepressant also prescribed for smoking cessation, raises dopamine levels in the brain and thus may buffer the misery of steep drops that occur when people stop using meth. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "At Last, Some Help for Meth Addiction," 15 Mar. 2021

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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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9 May 2021

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“Dopamine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dopamine. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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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