|theobromine (ˌθiːəʊˈbrəʊmiːn, -mɪn)|
|See also xanthine a white crystalline slightly water-soluble alkaloid that occurs in many plants, such as tea and cacao: formerly used to treat asthma. Formula: C7H8N4O2|
|[C18: from New Latin theobroma genus of trees, literally: food of the gods, from |
theobromine the·o·bro·mine (thē'ō-brō'mēn')
A bitter, colorless alkaloid found in chocolate products and used as a diuretic, vasodilator, and myocardial stimulant.
|theobromine (thē'ō-brō'mēn') Pronunciation Key
A bitter, colorless alkaloid that occurs in the cacao bean, cola nuts, and tea. It is found in chocolate products and used in medicine as a diuretic, vasodilator, and myocardial stimulant. Theobromine is a xanthine and similar in structure to caffeine and theophylline. Chemical formula: C7H8N4O2.
diuretic drug and major alkaloidal constituent of cocoa. Theobromine is a xanthine alkaloid, a methylxanthine, as are caffeine and theophylline, but it differs from them in having little stimulatory action upon the central nervous system. The stimulant effect of cocoa results from the caffeine that it contains rather than from the theobromine.
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