Definition of theobromine in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌTHēəˈbrōmēn/
Pronunciation: /ˌTHēəˈbrōmən/


A bitter, volatile compound obtained from cacao seeds. It is an alkaloid resembling caffeine in its physiological effects.
  • Chemical formula: C7H8N4O2.
Example sentences
  • Caffeine and theobromine are two naturally occurring alkaloids that are present in plants used to brew beverages in many cultures.
  • Alkaloids have been described as components of plant defence responses and the two main alkaloids found in cocoa are caffeine and theobromine.
  • Cocoa contains theobromine, an alkaloid that penetrates the skin to the subcutaneous fat layer and may help stimulate the release of stored fat.


Mid 19th century: from modern Latin Theobroma (genus name, from Greek theos 'god' and brōma 'food') + -ine4.

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Syllabification: the·o·bro·mine

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