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Any of a number of isomeric monounsaturated cyclic liquid hydrocarbons, C₁₀H₁₈, formally derived from menthane (terpane) by the loss of two hydrogen atoms.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Robert Thomson (1810–1864), medical officer of health. From French menthène from menthe mint (from classical Latin mentha) + -ène.
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