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dopamine

Pronunciation: do'pa-men

Definition: An intermediate in tyrosine metabolism and precursor of norepinephrine and epinephrine; neurotransmitter is the peripheral and central nervous systems; depletion of dopamine produces Parkinson disease.

Synonym(s): 3-hydroxytyramine, decarboxylated dopa

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