ses·​qui·​ter·​pene ˌse-skwə-ˈtər-ˌpēn How to pronounce sesquiterpene (audio)
: any of a class of terpenes C15H24
also : a derivative of such a terpene

Example Sentences

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, 4 May 2016

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1888, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sesquiterpene was circa 1888

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“Sesquiterpene.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition



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