L-dopa

[ el-doh-puh ]

noun
  1. Pharmacology. levodopa.

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British Dictionary definitions for L-dopa

L-dopa

/ (ɛlˈdəʊpə) /


noun
  1. a substance occurring naturally in the body and used to treat Parkinson's disease. Formula: C 9 H 11 NO 4: Also called: levodopa

Origin of L-dopa

1
C20: from L-d (ihydr) o (xy) p (henyl) a (lanine)

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Scientific definitions for L-dopa

L-dopa

[ ĕl-dō ]


  1. An amino acid that is the metabolic precursor of dopamine, is converted in the brain to dopamine, and is used in synthetic form to treat Parkinson's disease. Chemical formula: C9H11NO4.

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