caffeine

noun
caf·​feine | \ ka-ˈfēn How to pronounce caffeine (audio) , ˈka-ˌfēn\

Definition of caffeine

: a bitter alkaloid C8H10N4O2 found especially in coffee, tea, cacao, and kola nuts and used medicinally as a stimulant and diuretic

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Examples of caffeine in a Sentence

Her doctor told her to avoid caffeine.

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Firming + Illuminating Mask with marine algae, SLAP IT! Retexturizing + Detoxifying Mask with caffeine, and SQUEEZE IT! Brightening + Rejuvenating Mask with citrus. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "I Tried Butt Masks, and My Booty May Never Be The Same," 22 Feb. 2019 Talakoub recommends switching to a product with caffeine and ceramides to address inflammation and redness. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Can Using Niacinamide in Your Skin-Care Routine Cause Redness?," 22 July 2018 Followed by the Caffeine, which is an eye cream made with — yes, caffeine — to reduce puffiness and dark circles. Angela Trakoshis, Allure, "The Inkey List Is an Under-$15 Skin-Care Brand Now at Sephora," 22 Apr. 2019 There is weaker evidence that your diet—including processed food, caffeine, and alcohol intake—as well as the use of NSAIDs may increase the permeability of the membrane, Dr. Singh says. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Leaky Gut Syndrome Isn’t an Official Diagnosis, but the Symptoms Are Real," 19 Mar. 2019 Got to start the morning off with Coke, get energized and get your caffeine in. Andrew Millan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The sweet spot? Try the locker of Brewers' Keon Broxton," 2 Mar. 2018 Some of us are quick to metabolize an after-dinner espresso; others swear off caffeine after noon. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "How to Get a Better Night’s Sleep—And Why It Should Be Your Top Priority (Really)," 1 Nov. 2018 This natural beauty pick has some major de-puffing powers — the caffeine in its formula shrinks puffy morning eyes in a matter of a minute (Allure editors can attest to this). Tanisha Pina, Allure, "13 Beauty Essentials You Should Stock Up On During Amazon Prime Day," 16 July 2018 In 2010, Four Loko nixed the caffeine from its recipe. Sean Rossman, USA TODAY, "A sangria so potent, it reminds drinkers of Four Loko," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of caffeine

circa 1823, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for caffeine

German Kaffein, from Kaffee coffee, from French café

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caffeine

noun

English Language Learners Definition of caffeine

: a substance that is found especially in coffee and tea and that makes you feel more awake

caffeine

noun
caf·​feine | \ ka-ˈfēn How to pronounce caffeine (audio) , ˈka-ˌfēn\

Kids Definition of caffeine

: a substance found especially in coffee and tea that makes a person feel more awake

caffeine

noun
caf·​feine | \ ka-ˈfēn, ˈka-ˌ; ˈkaf-ē-ən How to pronounce caffeine (audio) \

Medical Definition of caffeine

: a bitter alkaloid C8H10N4O2 found especially in coffee, tea, and kola nuts and used medicinally as a stimulant and diuretic

Other Words from caffeine

caffeinic \ ka-​ˈfē-​nik How to pronounce caffeinic (audio) , ˌkaf-​ē-​ˈin-​ik How to pronounce caffeinic (audio) \ adjective

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