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terpene

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noun ter·pene \ˈtər-ˌpēn\

Definition of terpene

  1. :  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 play \-ləs\ adjective
ter·pe·noid play \ˈtər-pə-ˌnȯid, 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


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terpene

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noun ter·pene \ˈtər-ˌpēn\

Medical Definition of terpene

  1. :  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

  2. ter·pene·less \-ləs\play adjective
    ter·pe·nic \ˌtər-ˈpē-nik, -ˈpen-ik\play play adjective




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