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acyclic terpene

noun, Chemistry
1.
See under terpene (def 2).

terpene

[tur-peen] /ˈtɜr pin/
noun, Chemistry
1.
(originally) any of a class of monocyclic hydrocarbons of the formula C 10 H 16 , obtained from plants.
2.
this class or any of its oxygenated derivatives, any hydrocarbon from the same source having the formula C 5 H 8 (hemiterpene) the formula C 10 H 16 with an aliphatic structure (acyclic terpene) or two-ringed structure (bicyclic terpene) the formula C 15 H 24 (sesquiterpene) etc., and any of their oxygenated derivatives.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; alteration of terebene, with p from turpentine
Related forms
terpeneless, adjective
terpenic
[tur-pee-nik] /tɜrˈpi nɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for acyclic terpene

terpene

/ˈtɜːpiːn/
noun
1.
any one of a class of unsaturated hydrocarbons, such as the carotenes, that are found in the essential oils of many plants. Their molecules contain isoprene units and have the general formula (C5H8)n
Derived Forms
terpenic, adjective
Word Origin
C19: terp- from obsolete terpentineturpentine + -ene
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acyclic terpene in Medicine

terpene ter·pene (tûr'pēn')
n.
Any of various unsaturated hydrocarbons in essential oils and certain resins of plants and used in organic syntheses.

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acyclic terpene in Science
terpene
  (tûr'pēn')   
Any of a class of hydrocarbons consisting of two or more isoprene (C5H8) units joined together. Simple terpenes are found in the essential oils and resins of plants such as conifers. Turpentine, for example, is such an oil. More complex terpenes include vitamin A, carotenoid pigments (such as lycopene), squalene, and rubber. Terpenes are used in organic synthesis.
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Encyclopedia Article for acyclic terpene

terpene

any of a class of hydrocarbons occurring widely in plants and animals and empirically regarded as built up from isoprene, a hydrocarbon consisting of five carbon atoms attached to eight hydrogen atoms (C5H8). The term is often extended to the terpenoids, which are oxygenated derivatives of these hydrocarbons.

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