Definition of theobromine in English:

theobromine

Line breaks: theo|bro¦mine
Pronunciation: /ˌθɪə(ʊ)ˈbrəʊmɪn
 
, -miːn/

noun

[mass noun] Chemistry
  • A bitter, volatile compound obtained from cacao seeds. It is an alkaloid resembling caffeine in its physiological effects.
    • Chemical formula: C7H8N4O2
    More 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.

Origin

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

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