theobromines

theobromine

[thee-uh-broh-meen, -min]
noun Pharmacology.
a white, crystalline, water-insoluble, poisonous powder, C 7 H 8 N 4 O 2 , an isomer of theophylline and lower homologue of caffeine, occurring in tea and obtained from the cacao bean: used chiefly as a diuretic, myocardial stimulant, and vasodilator.

Origin:
1835–45; < Neo-Latin Theobrom(a) genus of trees typified by cacao (< Greek theo- theo- + brôma food) + -ine2

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theobromine (ˌθiːəʊˈbrəʊmiːn, -mɪn)
 
n
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 theo- + Greek brōma food + -ine²]

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theobromine the·o·bro·mine (thē'ō-brō'mēn')
n.
A bitter, colorless alkaloid found in chocolate products and used as a diuretic, vasodilator, and myocardial stimulant.

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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.
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