an amino acid, CHNO, that is converted by an enzyme in the bloodstream into dopamine: its levorotatory isomer (L-dopa) is used as a drug in treating Parkinson's disease
often written DOPA
Origin of dopad(ihydr)o(xy)p(henyl)a(lanine)
An amino acid, C9H11NO4, that occurs widely in animals and plants. In humans and other mammals, it is formed in the liver from tyrosine and converted to dopamine in the brain.
Origin of dopad(ihydr)o(xy)p(henyl)a(lanine).