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dopa

[ doh-puh ]
/ ˈdoʊ pə /
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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.
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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
/ (ˈdəʊpə) /

noun
See L-dopa
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Medical 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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