Skip to Content


Pronunciation: te


  1. The dried leaves of various genera of the family Theaceae, including Thea (T. sinensis), Camellia, and Gordonia, a shrub indigenous to China, southern and southeastern Asia, and Japan. Its chief constituent, on which its stimulating action largely depends, is the alkaloid caffeine, which is present in the amount of 1–4%; theophylline, a chemically related alkaloid, is also present.
  2. The infusion made by pouring boiling water on tea leaves.
  3. Any infusion or decoction made extemporaneously.

Synonym(s): thea

[Chinese (Amoy dial.) t'e, Mod. L. thea]

See Also: species2

Disclaimer: This site is designed to offer information for general educational purposes only. The health information furnished on this site and the interactive responses are not intended to be professional advice and are not intended to replace personal consultation with a qualified physician, pharmacist, or other healthcare professional. You must always seek the advice of a professional for questions related to a disease, disease symptoms, and appropriate therapeutic treatments.
© Copyright 2018 Wolters Kluwer. All Rights Reserved. Review Date: Sep 19, 2016.