ty·ra·mine | \ˈtī-rə-ˌmēn \

Definition of tyramine 

: a phenolic amine C8H11NO found in various foods and beverages (such as cheese and red wine) that has a sympathomimetic action and is derived from tyrosine

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Aged cheese/cured meats and antidepressants: These foods (plus avocados, chocolate, beer and wine) all contain the amino acid tyramine, which helps regulate blood pressure. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, "6 foods to avoid if you’re taking these prescription drugs," 6 Mar. 2018 Yep, believe it or not, an estimated 25% of all migraine headaches are caused by tyramine, a substance in protein. Alexis Reliford, Good Housekeeping, "12 Sneaky Things That Might Be Causing That Headache," 27 Sep. 2017 So if looking for a food fix for migraines, consider eliminating these high-tyramine cheeses first: English Stilton, blue cheese, sharp cheddar, Danish blue, mozzarella, Swiss Gruyere, feta, Parmesan and Gorgonzola. Alexis Reliford, Good Housekeeping, "12 Sneaky Things That Might Be Causing That Headache," 27 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of tyramine

1910, in the meaning defined above

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International Scientific Vocabulary tyrosine + amine

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ty·ra·mine | \ˈtī-rə-ˌmēn \

Medical Definition of tyramine 

: a phenolic amine C8H11NO that is found in various foods and beverages (as cheese and red wine), has a sympathomimetic action, and is derived from tyrosine

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