Meaning of dopa

do•pa

Pronunciation: (dō'pu), [key]
— n. Biochem.
  1. an amino acid, CHNO, formed from tyrosine in the liver during melanin and epinephrine biosynthesis: the L-dopa isomer is converted in the brain to dopamine. Cf. levodopa.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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