Definition of dopamine in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdəʊpəmiːn/


[mass noun] Biochemistry
A compound present in the body as a neurotransmitter and a precursor of other substances including adrenaline.
  • Alternative name: 3,4-dihydroxyphenylethylamine; chemical formula: C8H11NO2
Example sentences
  • These drugs all act in the brain to stimulate receptors that recognize the chemical messenger substance dopamine.
  • Other brain chemicals besides serotonin, such as dopamine and noradrenaline, also play an important part in mood.
  • The ability of the brain to absorb or produce chemicals such as dopamine or serotonin is what leads to the illness.


1950s: blend of dopa and amine.

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