It shocked me to realize that coffee has theophylline in it. That's considered a medicine by doctors. I think it dilates the bronchials. Interesting.


At 08:03 PM 11/16/2002 -0700, you wrote:

Interesting -- I didn't know that. A case of "faux amis" (false cognates). So
what's "phylline" from? The only thing I can think of, going from my limited
knowledge of Greek, is "type" in the sense of something that's in a class of
things that have something in common. (Same as the word "phylum") So I would,
offhand, speculate that "theophylline" means "substances derived from tea." Is
that correct?

Ronn Blankenship wrote:

> At 08:43 PM 11/16/02, Marc A. Schindler wrote:
> >The term "theobromine", incidentally, comes from Greek, "drink of the
> >Gods", and
> >was applied to chocholate in drinkable form when it was first brought to
> >Europe.
> "Theophylline", however, does not mean "friend of the gods," as one might
> naively guess from the above. In fact, the "theo" in the latter compound
> is derived from "tea" while the same portion of "theobromine" is derived
> from the word "deo" or "theo" for a deity . . .
> --Ronn! :)
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