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An amino acid, C9H11NO4, that occurs widely in animals and plants. In humans and other mammals, it is formed in the liver from tyrosine and converted to dopamine in the brain.
(Biochemistry) See L-dopa
an amino acid, C9H11NO4, formed from tyrosine in the liver during melanin and epinephrine biosynthesis. Compare L-dopa.
[< German Dopa (1917), contraction of 3, 4-Dioxyphenylanin]
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|Noun||1.||dopa - amino acid that is formed in the liver and converted into dopamine in the brain|
amino acid, aminoalkanoic acid - organic compounds containing an amino group and a carboxylic acid group; "proteins are composed of various proportions of about 20 common amino acids"