dopa

[doh-puh]

noun Biochemistry.

an amino acid, C9H11NO4, formed from tyrosine in the liver during melanin and epinephrine biosynthesis: the L-dopa isomer is converted in the brain to dopamine.

Nearby words

  1. doover,
  2. doozer,
  3. doozie,
  4. doozy,
  5. dop,
  6. dopamine,
  7. dopaminergic,
  8. dopant,
  9. dopatta,
  10. dope

Compare levodopa.

Origin of dopa

< German Dopa (1917), contraction of 3, 4- Dioxyphenylanin; see di-1, oxy-2, phenylalanine

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British Dictionary definitions for dopa

dopa

noun

See L-dopa
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Medicine definitions for dopa

dopa

[dōpə]

n.

Dihydroxyphenylalanine; an amino acid formed in the liver from tyrosine and converted to dopamine in the brain.

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