Definition of dopamine in English:

dopamine

Line breaks: dopa|mine
Pronunciation: /ˈdəʊpəmiːn
 
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noun

[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
    More 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.

Origin

1950s: blend of dopa and amine.

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