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  • n. Any terpene formed from three isoprene units, and having fifteen carbon atoms; includes several plant pigments such as the flavones.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The class name applied, in organic chemistry, to hydrocarbons of the formula C15H24, possessing a closed-chain structure. The term is derived from the fact that the terpenes have the formula C10H16.


sesqui- (“one and a half”) +‎ terpene; by comparison with a monoterpene, which has two isoprene units. (Wiktionary)


  • Yet the more than 500 amino acids that make up the chemical factories in each-known as sesquiterpene synthases-are nearly identical to each other, with very minor differences accumulated over approximately several million years of evolutionary change. - latest science and technology news stories

  • The activity of the sesquiterpeneindoles appears to be due to the sesquiterpene side chain and not the indole moiety.

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  • The presence of an a, b-unsaturated alcohol moiety on the sesquiterpene side chain is also essential for the activity (Nkunya et al., 1990a).

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  • A sample of the essential oil extracted from the rhizomes was found to have the following characteristics: SG (30°C) 0.9724 and ND (30°C) 1.5002, and to contain d-alpha-pinene 1.5 per cent; d-camphene 3.5 per cent; cineol 9.6 per cent; a-camphor 4.2 per cent; d-borneol 1.5 per cent; sesquiterpenes 10 per cent; sesquiterpene alcohols 48 per cent.

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  • In the perfumery and sesquiterpene domain the total syntheses of nerolidol and farnesol were carried through.

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  • J. (1963) Estafiatin, a new sesquiterpene lactone isolated from Artemisia mexicana (Willd.).

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  • But by the 1970s it was known that the lethal chemical, first called qinghaosu and now artemisinin, had a structure never seen before in nature: In chemical terms, it is a sesquiterpene lactone with a peroxide bridge.

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  • The main components in the dandelion herb, which account for its medical help for the liver and digestive system, are the compounds sesquiterpene lactones of the eudesmanolide and germacranolide types.


  • The pea aphid, Acyrthosiphon pisum Harris, (Homoptera: Aphididae) releases the volatile sesquiterpene (E) - β-farnesene (EBF) when attacked by a predator, triggering escape responses in the aphid colony.

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  • Cyperone, a sesquiterpene that benefits the heart and blood pressure.

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