terpene


ter·pene

noun \ˈtər-ˌpēn\

Definition of TERPENE

:  any of various isomeric hydrocarbons C10H16 found present in essential oils (as from conifers) and used especially as solvents and in organic synthesis; broadly :  any of numerous hydrocarbons (C5H8)n found especially in essential oils, resins, and balsams
ter·pene·less \-ləs\ adjective
ter·pe·noid \ˈtər-pə-ˌnid, ˌtər-ˈpē-\ adjective or noun

Origin of TERPENE

International Scientific Vocabulary terp- (from German Terpentin turpentine, from Medieval Latin terbentina) + -ene — more at turpentine
First Known Use: circa 1873

ter·pene

noun \ˈtər-ˌpēn\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of TERPENE

: any of various isomeric hydrocarbons C10H16 found present in essential oils (as from conifers) and used especially as solvents and in organic synthesis; broadly : any of numerous hydrocarbons (C5H8)n found especially in essential oils, resins, and balsams
ter·pene·less \-ləs\ adjective
ter·pe·nic \ˌtər-ˈpē-nik, -ˈpen-ik\ adjective

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