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Any of various unsaturated hydrocarbons, C10H16, found in essential oils and oleoresins of plants such as conifers and used in organic syntheses.

[Obsolete terp(entine), variant of turpentine + -ene.]

ter·pe′nic adj.
ter′pe·noid′ adj. & n.


(Elements & Compounds) 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
[C19: terp- from obsolete terpentine turpentine + -ene]
terˈpenic adj


(ˈtɜr pin)

1. any of a class of monocyclic hydrocarbons of the formula C10H16, obtained from plants.
2. any of the oxygenated derivatives of this class.
[1870–75; terp(entine), earlier sp. of turpentine + -ene]
ter•pe′nic, adj.
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Noun1.terpene - an unsaturated hydrocarbon obtained from plants
hydrocarbon - an organic compound containing only carbon and hydrogen
limonene - a liquid terpene with a lemon odor; found in lemons and oranges and other essential oils
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The tests were performed for Alkaloids (Wagner's/Dragendroff's/Hagers test), amino acids (Ninhydrin test), phenols (Ferric chloride test), diterpenes (Copper acetate test), cardiac glycosides (Legals/Kellar-Killiani test) and tannins (Ferric chloride test) (19-21).
The phytoalexins have great diversity, and more than 300 types have been characterized amongst different classes of chemical compounds such as coumarins, diterpenes, flavonoid, alkaloids, phenolic compounds, luteolinidin, apigenidin and apigeninidin (HARBONE, 1999; CALVALCANTE, 2005), these being used as chemical markers in several studies.
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