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1. Biochem.a catecholamine neurotransmitter in the central nervous system, retina, and sympathetic ganglia, acting within the brain to help regulate movement and emotion: its depletion may cause Parkinson's disease. Cf. dopa.
2. Pharm.a dopamine preparation used to increase the force of contraction of the heart in the treatment of shock. Cf. levodopa.
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