retene

noun \ˈrēˌtēn, ˈreˌ-\

Definition of retene

plural

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  1. :  a crystalline hydrocarbon C18H18 isolated especially from pine tar, rosin oil, and various fossil resins but usually prepared from abietic acid and related compounds by dehydrogenation; 1-methyl-7-isopropyl-phenanthrene

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Origin and Etymology of retene

Greek rhētinē resin


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