levodopa

noun
levo·​do·​pa | \ ˌle-və-ˈdō-pə How to pronounce levodopa (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web Consider the case of levodopa (L-dopa), a mainstay of treating Parkinson's disease. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "How Gut Microbes Shape Our Response to Drugs," 1 Jan. 2020 Why patients could still walk but not swim made the researchers wonder if DBS affects the brain in a different way than levodopa does. Elizabeth Cooney, STAT, "Warning: Swimming and deep brain stimulation do not mix," 29 Nov. 2019 Within an hour of taking the levodopa, Boylan’s eyes converged and the vision problem cleared. David Armstrong, ProPublica, "In Men, It’s Parkinson’s. In Women, It’s Hysteria.," 23 Aug. 2019 While Parkinson’s is treated with medications such as levodopa, patients determined to have a functional or psychogenic condition are often prescribed psychological regimens such as cognitive behavioral therapy. David Armstrong, ProPublica, "In Men, It’s Parkinson’s. In Women, It’s Hysteria.," 23 Aug. 2019 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 Treatments, which include Botox injections and levodopa, a drug used to treat Parkinson’s disease, have been found to ease the problem. Sandra G. Boodman, Washington Post, "One day, a serious athlete couldn’t walk straight. Doctors were stumped.," 6 Mar. 2018 Treatments, which include Botox injections and levodopa, a drug used to treat Parkinson's disease, have been found to ease the problem. Sandra G. Boodman, chicagotribune.com, "Medical mystery: Suddenly, she couldn't walk straight," 21 Feb. 2018

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1969, in the meaning defined above

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“Levodopa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/levodopa. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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levodopa

noun
levo·​do·​pa | \ ˈlev-ə-ˌdō-pə How to pronounce levodopa (audio) , ˌlē-və-ˈdō-pə How to pronounce levodopa (audio) \
variants: or British laevodopa \ ˌlē-​və-​ How to pronounce laevodopa (audio) \

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