limonene

noun
lim·​o·​nene | \ ˈli-mə-ˌnēn How to pronounce limonene (audio) \

Definition of limonene

: a widely distributed terpene hydrocarbon C10H16 that occurs in essential oils (as of oranges or lemons) and has a lemon odor

Examples of limonene in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web My formula is 1 gallon of 8% to 10% (100 grain) white vinegar, 1 ounce of orange oil (D-limonene), and 1 teaspoon of liquid soap or other surfactant. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 8 Sep. 2020 Some common terpenes: myrcene (herbal, also found in lemongrass, hops, eucalyptus), limonene (also found in citrus peel), linalool (a terpene found in lavender and mint plants) and pinene (familiar from the scent of pine needles). Samantha Davenport, Anchorage Daily News, 28 May 2020 This particular batch contained limonene, a compound extracted from the skins of citrus fruit. Peter Rowe, chicagotribune.com, 23 Oct. 2019 Myrcene chills you out, alpha-Pinene gives you energy, limonene improves your mood...the list goes on and on, with about 150 currently known. Hilary Cadigan, Bon Appétit, 15 Jan. 2020 This particular batch contained limonene, a compound extracted from the skins of citrus fruit. Peter Rowe, chicagotribune.com, 23 Oct. 2019 One patient sample tested positive for coconut oil, while another contained an e-cigarette additive called limonene. Megan Thielking, STAT, 20 Dec. 2019 This particular batch contained limonene, a compound extracted from the skins of citrus fruit. Peter Rowe, chicagotribune.com, 23 Oct. 2019 This particular batch contained limonene, a compound extracted from the skins of citrus fruit. Peter Rowe, chicagotribune.com, 23 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of limonene

1845, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for limonene

International Scientific Vocabulary, from French limon lemon, from Middle French

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“Limonene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/limonene. Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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limonene

noun
lim·​o·​nene | \ ˈlim-ə-ˌnēn How to pronounce limonene (audio) \

Medical Definition of limonene

: a liquid terpene hydrocarbon C10H16 that has an odor like a lemon, exists in dextrorotatory, levorotatory, and racemic forms, and occurs in many essential oils — compare dipentene

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