Definition of sesquiterpene in English:

sesquiterpene

noun

Chemistry
  • A terpene with the formula C15H24, or a simple derivative of such a compound.

    • ‘The main active constituents are two sesquiterpenes, petasin and isopetasin.’
    • ‘He worked for a while on natural products and from 1864 on discovered sesquiterpenes in oil of cloves and other essential oils.’
    • ‘Correlations among all sesquiterpenes and among all diterpenes were also significant and positive for yellow-cedars (except for one minor diterpene).’
    • ‘We also found four sesquiterpenes, a diterpene, and several unidentified compounds.’
    • ‘Methyl farnesoate is a sesquiterpene that is related to the insect juvenile hormone.’

Pronunciation:

sesquiterpene

/ˌsɛskwɪˈtəːpiːn/