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 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, "Reap the Delicious Benefits of Yaupon Tea, Made from a Native Plant That Contains Caffeine," 23 Feb. 2021 Chocolate and coffee grounds contain the chemical theobromine that may cause seizures and death. Iris Katz, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Pet Wise: Keeping pets and guests safe during unusual holiday season," 19 Dec. 2020 The Linhart toothpaste contains aloe vera and linämel, enamel protection formulated with three essential ingredients: theobromine, fluoride, and xylitol. Rachel King, Fortune, "The best beauty and wellness presents of 2020," 1 Nov. 2020 Dogs cannot metabolize theobromine and caffeine like people can. Traci Howerton, NOLA.com, "Keep frights at bay for your pets this Halloween with these simple tips," 20 Oct. 2020 The amount of theobromine varies with the type of chocolate. Traci Howerton, NOLA.com, "Keep frights at bay for your pets this Halloween with these simple tips," 20 Oct. 2020 Chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine, a compound that may affect mood. Lisa Drayer, CNN, "Foods to boost your mood, now that you really need it," 16 Apr. 2020 Cacao is good for energy, mood, and stress—the chemical in it, theobromine, helps your brain and tastes amazing. Irina Groushevaia, Bon Appétit, "Ginger Tea and Intention-Setting Get Brooklyn Chef Tara Thomas to Sleep," 18 Dec. 2019 Chocolate Chocolate contains a stimulant called theobromine, a bit like caffeine, which, while tasty, is severely poisonous to cats and dogs. 2. Htv National Desk, Houston Chronicle, "10 Christmas hazards all pet owners should be aware of," 12 Dec. 2019

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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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27 Feb 2021

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“Theobromine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/theobromine. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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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