sesquiterpene

noun
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

Examples of sesquiterpene in a Sentence

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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'sesquiterpene.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of sesquiterpene

circa 1888, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about sesquiterpene

Time Traveler for sesquiterpene

Time Traveler

The first known use of sesquiterpene was circa 1888

See more words from the same year

Statistics for sesquiterpene

Cite this Entry

“Sesquiterpene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sesquiterpene. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for sesquiterpene

sesquiterpene

noun
ses·​qui·​ter·​pene | \ ˌses-kwi-ˈtər-ˌpēn How to pronounce sesquiterpene (audio) \

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

More from Merriam-Webster on sesquiterpene

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about sesquiterpene

Comments on sesquiterpene

What made you want to look up sesquiterpene? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three bears two of them look like theyre whispering to a third bear who looks chuffed to be the center of attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!