noun[mass noun] Biochemistry
A compound which occurs naturally in cheese and other foods and can cause dangerously high blood pressure in people taking a monoamine oxidase inhibitor.
- An amine related to tyrosine; chemical formula: C6H4(OH)CH2CH2NH2
More example sentences
- Foods high in arylalkylamines (tryptophan, tyrosine, tyramine, and phenylalanine) have also been implicated in triggering IC symptoms.
- About nine per cent of people have at least one copy of a gene for 5HT2a that call for the amino acid tyramine at one point in the receptor protein.
- One piece with which Milne was pleased was his clarification of the tyramine monoamine-oxidase inhibitor interaction (the ‘cheese reaction’).
early 20th century: from tyr(osine) + amine.
More definitions of tyramineDefinition of tyramine in:
- The US English dictionary