What does dopamine mean?

Definitions for dopamineˈdoʊ pəˌmin

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dopamine, Dopastat, Intropin(noun)

    a monoamine neurotransmitter found in the brain and essential for the normal functioning of the central nervous system; as a drug (trade names Dopastat and Intropin) it is used to treat shock and hypotension


  1. dopamine(Noun)

    A neurotransmitter associated with movement, attention, learning, and the brainu2019s pleasure and reward system.


  1. Dopamine

    Dopamine is a simple organic chemical in the catecholamine and phenethylamine families that plays a number of important roles in the brains and bodies of animals. Its name derives from its chemical structure: it is an amine that is formed by removing a carboxyl group from a molecule of L-DOPA. In the brain, dopamine functions as a neurotransmitter—a chemical released by nerve cells to send signals to other nerve cells. The brain includes several distinct dopamine systems, one of which plays a major role in reward-motivated behavior. Every type of reward that has been studied increases the level of dopamine in the brain, and a variety of addictive drugs, including stimulants such as cocaine, amphetamine, and methamphetamine, act by amplifying the effects of dopamine. Other brain dopamine systems are involved in motor control and in controlling the release of several important hormones. Several important diseases of the nervous system are associated with dysfunctions of the dopamine system. Parkinson's disease, a degenerative condition causing tremor and motor impairment, is caused by loss of dopamine-secreting neurons in the midbrain area called the substantia nigra. There is evidence that schizophrenia involves altered levels of dopamine activity, and the antipsychotic drugs that are frequently used to treat it have a primary effect of attenuating dopamine activity. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and restless legs syndrome are also believed to be associated with decreased dopamine activity.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Dopamine

    One of the catecholamine NEUROTRANSMITTERS in the brain. It is derived from TYROSINE and is the precursor to NOREPINEPHRINE and EPINEPHRINE. Dopamine is a major transmitter in the extrapyramidal system of the brain, and important in regulating movement. A family of receptors (RECEPTORS, DOPAMINE) mediate its action.

Editors Contribution

  1. dopamine

    Is an organic chemical.

    Dopamine is produced and transmitted in the human body, microorganisms and a variety of plants, fruit and vegetables.

  2. dopamine

    Is an organic chemical.

    Dopamine is produced and transmitted in the human body, microorganisms and a variety of plants, fruit and vegetables.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dopamine in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dopamine in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Seth Norrholm:

    There is some evidence to suggest that thrill-seeking is like anything pleasurable -- gambling, eating, -- it releases dopamine.

  2. Heather Mangieri:

    Green leafy vegetables like spinach contain folate, which produces dopamine, a pleasure-inducing brain chemical, helping you keep calm.

  3. Julie Schweitzer:

    The movement likely increases noradrenergic and/or dopamine functioning in the brain, which then enhances attention to the target stimuli.

  4. Marty Becker:

    Simply petting a dog is like a spa treatment, after just a minute or two, you have this massive release of positive neurochemicals like dopamine and serotonin.

  5. Catherine Carey:

    Dopamine, in and of itself, is our natural anti-depressant, any time we can find a nonmedicinal way to stimulate that reward center ... the better off we're going to be.

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