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noun Pharmacology.
  1. a mixture of terpenes that occurs as a colorless liquid, used in medicine chiefly as an expectorant.
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Origin of terebene

First recorded in 1855–60; tereb(inth) + -ene
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British Dictionary definitions for terebene


  1. a mixture of hydrocarbons prepared from oil of turpentine and sulphuric acid, used to make paints and varnishes and medicinally as an expectorant and antiseptic
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Word Origin for terebene

C19: from tereb (inth) + -ene
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