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What is the terpines

Asked by shivkumar chaturvedi, 02 Sep '08 02:56 pm
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Terpenes are a large and varied class of hydrocarbons, produced primarily by a wide variety of plants, particularly conifers,[1] though also by some insects such as swallowtail butterflies, which emit terpenes from their osmeterium.

They are the major components of resin, and of turpentine produced from resin. The name "terpene" is derived from the word "turpentine". In addition to their roles as end-products in many organisms, terpenes are major biosynthetic building blocks within nearly every living creature. Steroids, for example, are derivatives of the triterpene squalene.

When terpenes are modified chemically, such as by oxidation or rearrangement of the carbon skeleton, the resulting compounds are generally referred to as terpenoids. Some authors will use the term terpene to include all terpenoids. Terpenoids are also known as Isoprenoids.

Terpenes and terpenoids are the primary constituents of the essential oils of many types of plants and flower ...more
Answered by Naveen Nallusamy, 02 Sep '08 06:03 pm

 
  
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Terpene: An unsaturated hydrocarbon obtained from plants
Answered by Butterfly, 02 Sep '08 05:44 pm

 
  
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A part of essential oils
Answered by dhanendra kumar jain, 02 Sep '08 05:05 pm

 
  
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A white crystalline substance regarded as a hydrate of oil of turpentine
Answered by Anil K Chugh, 02 Sep '08 02:58 pm

 
  
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Terpines are the active parts in essential oils that work powerfully on the skin
Answered by Sanjay Pandita, 02 Sep '08 02:57 pm

 
  
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