Definition of L-dopa

1. Noun. The levorotatory form of dopa (trade names Bendopa and Brocadopa and Larodopa); as a drug it is used to treat Parkinson's disease.

Exact synonyms: Bendopa, Brocadopa, Larodopa, Levodopa
Generic synonyms: Dihydroxyphenylalanine, Dopa
Language type: Trade Name, Trade Name, Trade Name

Medical Definition of L-dopa

1. The naturally occurring form of dopa and the immediate precursor of dopamine. Unlike dopamine itself, it can be taken orally and crosses the blood-brain barrier. It is rapidly taken up by dopaminergic neurons and converted to dopamine. It is used for the treatment of parkinsonism and is usually given with agents that inhibit its conversion to dopamine outside of the central nervous system. Pharmacological action: antiparkinson agents, dopamine agents. (12 Dec 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of L-dopa

l'esprit d'escalier
l'esprit de l'escalier
l'istesso tempo
l-dehydroascorbic acid
l-dopa (current term)
l-glyceric aciduria
l-gulonic acid
l-serine dehydratase

Literary usage of L-dopa

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1. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1883)
"Relation between dose of l-dopa and extent of depletion of SAMe content in tissue. Groups of five rats received l-dopa intraperitoneally and were killed 45 ..."

2. Cover Crops in West Africa: Contributing to Sustainable Agriculture by Daniel Buckles (1998)
"Amount consumed to L-Dopa content reach maximum a Mucuna food product consumed (%) (g) a Maximum daily tolerable dose of L-Dopa = 1.5 g/individual. b Data ..."

3. Mammalian Models for Research on Aging by Bennett J. Cohen, Institute Of Laboratory Animal Resources, National Research Council Staff (1981)
"l-dopa treatment has been suggested to increase the life expectancy of PD patients ... l-dopa fed to female Swiss mice results in a 4l percent (7-month) ..."

4. Alternative Medicine: Expanding Medical Horizons by DIANE Publishing Company (1995)
"When Cotzias began his studies, l-dopa was regarded as an interesting therapeutic idea that had been determined to be without utility in a series of careful ..."

5. Depression in Primary Care: Detection and Diagnosi by DIANE Publishing Company (1993)
"There was no general relationship between l-dopa dosage and psychiatric ... However, there is no clear evidence that l-dopa increases the incidence of ..."

6. Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine (1903)
"administration, 157, 643 portal plasma levels during adrenergic and ganglionic blockade after l-dopa administration (rat), 157, 1 relationship of ..."

7. Cover Crops in Hillside Agriculture: Farmer Innovation with Mucuna by Daniel Buckles, Bernard Triomphe, Gustavo Sain (1998)
"Because of the high concentrations of L-Dopa (7%), velvetbean is a commercial ... However, L-Dopa can also produce a confused state of mind and intestinal ..."

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