terpene

noun
ter·​pene | \ ˈtər-ˌpēn How to pronounce terpene (audio) \

Definition of terpene

: any of various isomeric hydrocarbons C10H16 found present in essential oils (as from conifers) and used especially as solvents and in organic synthesis broadly : any of numerous hydrocarbons (C5H8)n found especially in essential oils, resins, and balsams

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Other Words from terpene

terpeneless \ ˈtər-​ˌpēn-​ləs How to pronounce terpeneless (audio) \ adjective
terpenoid \ ˈtər-​pə-​ˌnȯid How to pronounce terpenoid (audio) , ˌtər-​ˈpē-​ \ adjective or noun

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According to John, the entourage effect is the idea that each of the cannabinoids and terpenes (aromatic essential oils) that are naturally present in cannabis plants are necessary to help medical patients reap the maximum benefits from the plant. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Olivia Newton John Claims Cannabis Has "Helped Me Greatly" With Cancer Battle," 5 Sep. 2019 Many terpenes get lost or changed in the process of making a THC or CBD extract. San Diego Union-Tribune, "How much pot in that brownie? Chocolate can throw off tests," 26 Aug. 2019 Many terpenes get lost or changed in the process of making a THC or CBD extract. NBC News, "How much pot in that brownie? Chocolate can throw off tests," 26 Aug. 2019 Raber heads the Werc Shop, a Los Angeles company that mixes terpenes from lavender, oranges, black pepper and other plants to mimic the flavor and scent of cannabis varieties. Washington Post, "How much pot in that brownie? Chocolate can throw off tests," 26 Aug. 2019 Raber heads the Werc Shop, a Los Angeles company that mixes terpenes from lavender, oranges, black pepper and other plants to mimic the flavor and scent of cannabis varieties. San Diego Union-Tribune, "How much pot in that brownie? Chocolate can throw off tests," 26 Aug. 2019 Raber heads the Werc Shop, a Los Angeles company that mixes terpenes from lavender, oranges, black pepper, and other plants to mimic the flavor and scent of cannabis varieties. Carla K. Johnson, BostonGlobe.com, "How much pot in that brownie? Chocolate can throw off tests," 26 Aug. 2019 Raber heads the Werc Shop, a Los Angeles company that mixes terpenes from lavender, oranges, black pepper and other plants to mimic the flavor and scent of cannabis varieties. NBC News, "How much pot in that brownie? Chocolate can throw off tests," 26 Aug. 2019 There is an entourage effect in cannabis where the different cannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes and other compounds play off and increase each other’s therapeutic effects and values. Mary Schumacher, chicagotribune.com, "Cannabis, Alzheimer’s and hope are on the horizon," 2 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of terpene

circa 1873, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for terpene

International Scientific Vocabulary terp- (from German Terpentin turpentine, from Medieval Latin terbentina) + -ene — more at turpentine

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terpene

noun
ter·​pene | \ ˈtər-ˌpēn How to pronounce terpene (audio) \

Medical Definition of terpene

: any of various isomeric hydrocarbons C10H16 found present in essential oils (as from conifers) and used especially as solvents and in organic synthesis broadly : any of numerous hydrocarbons (C5H8)n found especially in essential oils, resins, and balsams

Other Words from terpene

terpeneless \ -​ləs How to pronounce terpeneless (audio) \ adjective
terpenic \ ˌtər-​ˈpē-​nik How to pronounce terpenic (audio) , -​ˈpen-​ik How to pronounce terpenic (audio) \ adjective

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