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Medical Term:

dopa

Pronunciation: do'pa

Definition: An intermediate in the catabolism of l-phenylalanine and l-tyrosine, and in the biosynthesis of norepinephrine, epinephrine, and melanin; the l form, levodopa, is biologically active.

See: dopa reaction

Synonym(s): 3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine

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