levodopa

Definition of levodopa

le`vo`do´pa   Pronunciation: lē`vô`dō´på
a.1.(Chem. & Biochem.) A substance used as a therapy for Parkinson's Disease; the L form of Dopa; L-dihydroxyphenylalanine; L-hydroxytyrosine (C9H11NO4); also called L-dopa. In the body it is converted by the enzyme dopa-decarboxylase into dopamine, the form in which it is active in the brain, affecting neural impulse transmission.

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Bendopa, brand, brand name, Brocadopa, dihydroxyphenylalanine, dopa, L-dopa, Larodopa, marque, trade name
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