terpene

noun ter·pene \ ˈtər-ˌpēn \

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

terpeneless

play \-ləs\ adjective

terpenoid

play \ˈtər-pə-ˌnȯid, ˌtər-ˈpē-\ adjective or noun

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Origin and Etymology of 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 \

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

terpeneless

play \-ləs\ adjective

terpenic

play \ˌtər-ˈpē-nik, -ˈpen-ik\ adjective

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