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(organic chemistry)
C7H8N4O2 A toxic alkaloid found in cocoa, chocolate products, tea, and cola nuts; closely related to caffeine.



(3, 7-dimethylxanthine), an alkaloid of the purine group.

Theobromine is found in the beans of the cacao (Theobromacacao), where its content reaches 1.8 percent. It is a colorless crystalline substance with a bitter taste and only slight solubility in water. Theobromine is a spasmolytic and smooth muscle relaxant. It is used in medicine in cases of spasm of the blood vessels of the heart and brain, and also as a diuretic. Theobromine differs from caffeine, to which it is closely related in structure, in that its effect on the central nervous system is substantially less marked. Theobromine is obtained from cacao beans or is synthesized chemically. It is a constituent of Teofedrin and other compound preparations.

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She was given medication to reduce vomiting and stop her body absorbing theobromine.
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In this findings, caffeine and theobromine were the major compounds in cocoa as supported by Maleyki and Ismail (2008).
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The rich, highly concentrated cup of hot chocolate--almost with undetectable sugar content because of its high theobromine and thickened by egg yolks--showed the character of a good Filipino chocolate.
Foods which cause illness in animals include grapes, raisins and sultanas, which can cause kidney failure, and chocolate, which contains theobromine and can cause fits, comas and heart failure, the charity said.
Chocolate is poisonous because it contains the methylxanthine theobromine, which is similar to caffeine and is used medicinally as a diuretic, heart stimulant, blood vessel dilator and a muscle relaxant.
About 300 people with a persistent cough are taking part in a clinical trial at 13 National Health Service hospitals in the UK where they are being given the naturally occurring chemical theobromine, derived from the raw ingredient of chocolate, twice a day for 14 days.
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