ses·​qui·​ter·​pene | \ ˌse-skwə-ˈtər-ˌpēn How to pronounce sesquiterpene (audio) \

Definition of sesquiterpene

: any of a class of terpenes C15H24 also : a derivative of such a terpene

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Recent Examples on the Web Those similar substances include flavonoids, a group of plant metabolites that have antioxidant effects, and sesquiterpene lactones, a class of chemical compounds that are known to have anti-inflammatory properties, Merville said. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, "Remade Trail Blazers Fall Short of Golden State Warriors in Game 1 MAY 1, 2016," 4 May 2016

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First Known Use of sesquiterpene

circa 1888, in the meaning defined above

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“Sesquiterpene.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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Medical Definition of sesquiterpene

: any of a class of terpenes C15H24 containing half again as many atoms in each molecule as monoterpenes also : a derivative of such a terpene

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