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terpene (plural terpenes)
- (organic chemistry) A very large class of naturally occurring and synthetic organic compounds formally derived from the hydrocarbon isoprene; they include many volatile compounds used in perfume and food flavours, turpentine, the steroids, the carotene pigments and rubber.
Terpenes are properly only hydrocarbons. Oxygenated derivatives are terpenoids.
terpene m (plural terpeni)