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do·pa, DOPADopa (dō'pă),
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
2. L-phenylalanine, the primary ingredient in the artificial sweetener, aspartame.