theobromine

noun
theo·​bro·​mine | \ ˌthē-ə-ˈbrō-ˌmēn How to pronounce theobromine (audio) , -mən \

Definition of theobromine

: a bitter alkaloid C7H8N4O2 closely related to caffeine that occurs especially in cacao beans and has stimulant and diuretic properties

Examples of theobromine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cocoa bean mulch, which contains caffeine and theobromine, can cause vomiting and diarrhea, among other issues. Washington Post, 4 May 2022 Different types of chocolate contain different concentrations of theobromine. Orlando Mayorquin, USA TODAY, 8 Mar. 2022 Chocolate contains a chemical called theobromine that is extremely toxic for dogs. Orlando Mayorquin, USA TODAY, 8 Mar. 2022 There is even some evidence that dark chocolate improves brain functions, since cacao contains small amounts of caffeine and theobromine, a bitter compound that acts as a stimulant in the body, according to the website. Cathy Jakicic, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7 Feb. 2022 Bliss Drops, a mix of four potent plant medicines—magnolia for tension relief, kanna for energy, theobromine for brain function, and a 1:1 CBD and THC cannabis blend for truly euphoric vibes—combined in one easy-to-swallow pill. Bon Appétit, 14 Dec. 2021 The alkaloid theobromine, which is found in cacao plants, can aid in decreasing inflammation. Angela Watson, chicagotribune.com, 22 Mar. 2021 Plus theobromine and caffeine could be included, which can be dangerous or fatal. Jennifer Nelson, Southern Living, 12 Mar. 2021 According to Abianne Falla, co-founder of CatSpring Yaupon, the tea has a unique combination of caffeine and theobromine (linked to having antioxidant properties). Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 23 Feb. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of theobromine

1842, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for theobromine

New Latin Theobroma, genus that includes the cacao, from the- + Greek brōma food, from bibrōskein to devour — more at voracious

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10 May 2022

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“Theobromine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/theobromine. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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theobromine

noun
theo·​bro·​mine | \ ˌthē-ə-ˈbrō-ˌmēn How to pronounce theobromine (audio) , -mən How to pronounce theobromine (audio) \

Medical Definition of theobromine

: a bitter alkaloid C7H8N4O2 closely related to caffeine that occurs especially in cacao beans and is used as a diuretic, myocardial stimulant, and vasodilator

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