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dopa Syllabification: do·pa
Pronunciation: /ˈdōpə/

Definition of dopa in English:


A compound that is present in nervous tissue as a precursor of dopamine, used in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. See also L-dopa.
  • An amino acid; alternative name dihydroxyphenylalanine; chemical formula: C9H11NO4
Example sentences
  • The addition of norepinephrine, epinephrine, dopamine, and dopa to the cultures of E. coli resulted in increased growth when compared to non-catecholamine-supplemented control cultures.
  • He was able to reverse this effect by giving the animals dopa, the amino acid precursor for dopamine.
  • They have measured the second-order electron transfer rate constants for reactions of dopa and c-dopa melanins with various radicals.


Early 20th century: from German, acronym from the systematic name.

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