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

Examples of terpene in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Trees release their own kind of essential oils, called terpenes, which activate anticancer cells in our bodies. Cheryl Hall, Dallas News, "Dallas is a concrete jungle, but Janette Monear knows how to fix it," 24 May 2020 And in August, the company WeedMaps opened a 30,000-square-foot Museum of Cannabis in Hollywood, with exhibits both educational (the science of terpenes) and Instagrammable (a room that looks like a psychedelic lava lamp). Author: Maura Judkis, Anchorage Daily News, "Cannabis restaurants are coming to California, with ‘budtenders’ and ‘flower’ service," 16 Aug. 2019 And in August, the company WeedMaps opened a 30,000-square-foot Museum of Cannabis in Hollywood, with exhibits both educational (the science of terpenes) and Instagrammable (a room that looks like a psychedelic lava lamp). Maura Judkis, Washington Post, "Cannabis restaurants are coming to California, with ‘budtenders’ and ‘flower’ service," 15 Aug. 2019 The ban applies to all nicotine and cannabis vapes that contain flavoring derived from anything except pure marijuana terpenes. BostonGlobe.com, "The Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which regulates the recreational marijuana market, voted unanimously to approve the temporary sales ban on the same day that the Oregon Health Authority, which regulates tobacco sales statewide, filed the ban with the Oregon Secretary of State.," 16 Oct. 2019 The agency had moved to enact Brown’s order by banning all THC vape oil products containing flavor chemicals, called terpenes, derived from anything but marijuana. oregonlive, "Oregon bans on both flavored nicotine and cannabis vaping products now on hold," 15 Nov. 2019 The needles and the rest of the tree are filled with chemicals called terpenes that prevent the water in the tree from freezing, and these chemicals give us the fresh pine scent. Dallas News, "Everything you ever wanted to know about evergreens," 18 Jan. 2020 The cooling effect of fragrant terpene aerosols from coniferous boreal forests was decreasing, and aeolian accumulations of dust on the Loess Plateau indicated that human existence did not coincide with a high-carbon atmosphere until 1965. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's magazine, "Findings," 25 Nov. 2019 But because those terpenes aren’t derived from actual cannabis plants, the ban forbade the company from selling them. oregonlive, "Oregon bans on both flavored nicotine and cannabis vaping products now on hold," 15 Nov. 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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The first known use of terpene was circa 1873

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“Terpene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terpene. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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