theobromine

[ thee-uh-broh-meen, -min ]
/ ˌθi əˈbroʊ min, -mɪn /

noun Pharmacology.

a white, crystalline, water-insoluble, poisonous powder, C7H8N4O2, an isomer of theophylline and lower homologue of caffeine, occurring in tea and obtained from the cacao bean: used chiefly as a diuretic, myocardial stimulant, and vasodilator.

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Origin of theobromine

1835–45; <New Latin Theobrom(a) genus of trees typified by cacao (<Greek theo-theo- + brôma food) + -ine2
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British Dictionary definitions for theobromine

theobromine
/ (ˌθiːəʊˈbrəʊmiːn, -mɪn) /

noun

a white crystalline slightly water-soluble alkaloid that occurs in many plants, such as tea and cacao: formerly used to treat asthma. Formula: C 7 H 8 N 4 O 2See also xanthine (def. 2)

Word Origin for theobromine

C18: from New Latin theobroma genus of trees, literally: food of the gods, from theo- + Greek brōma food + -ine ²
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Medical definitions for theobromine

theobromine
[ thē′ō-brōmēn′ ]

n.

A bitter, colorless alkaloid found in chocolate products and used as a diuretic, vasodilator, and myocardial stimulant.
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Scientific definitions for theobromine

theobromine
[ thē′ō-brōmēn′ ]

A bitter, colorless alkaloid that occurs in the cacao bean, cola nuts, and tea. It is found in chocolate products and used in medicine as a diuretic, vasodilator, and myocardial stimulant. Theobromine is a xanthine and similar in structure to caffeine and theophylline. Chemical formula: C7H8N4O2.
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