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

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Citrus oils contain d-limonene which is toxic to ants and erases the chemical trail ants leave behind to signal their sidekicks. Allison Young, Good Housekeeping, "How To Make A DIY Ant-Killing Spray With Essential Oils," 16 Aug. 2017 One example is limonene, a key component of the scent of citrus fruit. Luba Ostashevsky, Ars Technica, "How did life begin? It’s Chemistry 101, but in space," 26 Feb. 2018 Some research has linked the anti-bacterial compounds in mint's essential oils — carvone and limonene — to helping reduce your risk of potentially harmful bacteria, both the type found in affected food, and within your GI tract. Good Housekeeping, "5 Health Benefits of Mint That Make It Cooler Than Ever," 15 Dec. 2017 Terpenes also determine the taste of the marijuana so limonene would give it a citrus flavor. Jennifer Lane, Daily Pilot, "Santa Ana marijuana dispensary modernizes the way to purchase pot," 24 Aug. 2017 Chemically, guaiacol is similar to a lot of other whiskey aroma compounds like vanillin (with the scent of vanilla) and limonene (citrus). Jenna Gallegos,, "The best way to drink whiskey, according to science," 17 Aug. 2017 Ingredients in Jean Nate body powder include talc, kaolin, fragrance, limonene, linalool, hydroxycitronellol, geraniol, citronellol and coumarin. Atlanta Life, ajc, "Where can I find it?," 18 July 2017

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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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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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