levodopa

noun

levo·​do·​pa ˌle-və-ˈdō-pə How to pronounce levodopa (audio)
: l-dopa

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Since the 1960s, the gold-standard treatment for the disease has been the drug levodopa, also known as L-dopa, a dopamine precursor that can cross the blood-brain barrier. Dan Hurley, Discover Magazine, 4 Feb. 2014 Consider the case of levodopa (L-dopa), a mainstay of treating Parkinson's disease. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, 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, 29 Nov. 2019 Within an hour of taking the levodopa, Boylan’s eyes converged and the vision problem cleared. David Armstrong, ProPublica, 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, 23 Aug. 2019 To ease symptoms of Parkinson's, some patients take levodopa and other drugs that increase dopamine levels. Ferris Jabr, Scientific American, 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, 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, 21 Feb. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1969, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of levodopa was in 1969

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“Levodopa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/levodopa. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

levodopa

noun
variants or British laevodopa
: l-dopa
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