Meaning of terpene

ter•pene

Pronunciation: (tûr'pēn), [key]
— n. Chem.
  1. (originally) any of a class of monocyclic hydrocarbons of the formula CH, obtained from plants.
  2. this class or any of its oxygenated derivatives, any hydrocarbon from the same source having the formula CHthe formula CH with an aliphatic structureor two-ringed structurethe formula CHetc., and any of their oxygenated derivatives.
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