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levodopa ‎(uncountable)

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  1. A naturally-occurring amino acid found in food, converted into dopamine in the brain and body, and administered clinically in the management of Parkinson's disease and dopa-responsive dystonia.
    • 2007 January 4, Denise Grady, “Studies Find Harm in 2 Parkinson’s Drugs”[1], New York Times:
      But Dr. Okun said it would cost no more to switch patients to the old Parkinson’s standby drug, L-dopa or levodopa, which has side effects of its own, but has never been known to damage heart valves.