camphene

noun

cam·​phene ˈkam-ˌfēn How to pronounce camphene (audio)
: any of several terpenes related to camphor
especially : a colorless crystalline terpene C10H16 used in insecticides

Word History

First Known Use

1834, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of camphene was in 1834

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“Camphene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/camphene. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition

camphene

noun
cam·​phene ˈkam-ˌfēn How to pronounce camphene (audio)
: any of several terpenes related to camphor
especially : a colorless crystalline terpene C10H16 found in three optically different forms in several essential oils, made synthetically from pinene, and used in insecticides

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