theobromine

noun

theo·​bro·​mine ˌthē-ə-ˈbrō-ˌmēn How to pronounce theobromine (audio)
-mən
: 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 This sweet treat contains theobromine, which is toxic to dogs and can lead to serious health problems. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 28 July 2023 Chocolate Cacao contains theobromine, a compound that triggers negative reactions in a dog’s body including: stimulating the nervous system, increasing stress on the heart, relaxing breathing muscles and increasing urination. Anna Nordseth, Discover Magazine, 26 June 2023 But Warren said the boy's toxicology report showed low levels of gamma-hydroxybutyric acid in his liver samples, known as GHB, alcohol, caffeine and theobromine that can usually be found in cocoa and tea, according to East Idaho News. Terry Collins, USA TODAY, 27 Apr. 2023 Each serving of Primal Harvest Primal Mind Fuel is enriched with B vitamins, caffeine, theobromine, L-tyrosine, rhodiola rosea extract, huperzine A, and Bacopa monnieri. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 1 Nov. 2022 Primal Harvest Primal Mind Fuel is crafted with a blend of vitamins, minerals, and herbs, including huperzine A, theobromine, B vitamins, caffeine, and bacopa monnieri. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 2 Nov. 2022 Scientists discovered ancient Olmec pots and vessels dating back to about 1500 BCE had residue of theobromine, a chemical property of the cacao bean. Allison Futterman, Discover Magazine, 3 Feb. 2022 Chocolate contains a substance called theobromine, which is toxic to dogs. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 23 Oct. 2022 The diuretic effect of theobromine dehydrates the animal or person who consumes it, which can lead to muscle tremors and seizures. Dallas News, 21 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of theobromine was in 1842

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Cite this Entry

“Theobromine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/theobromine. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition

theobromine

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