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caffeine

Pronunciation: kaf′ēn

Definition: An alkaloid obtained from the dried leaves of Thea sinensis, tea, or the dried seeds of Coffea arabica, coffee; used as a central nervous system stimulant, diuretic, circulatory and respiratory stimulant.

Synonym(s): guaranine, thein

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