[ tûrpə-noid′ ]

Any of a class of hydrocarbons that consist of terpenes attached to an oxygen-containing group. Terpenoids are widely found in plants, and can form cyclic structures such as sterols.

Nearby words

  1. ternion,
  2. ternopol,
  3. terotechnology,
  4. terpene,
  5. terpenic,
  6. terpin hydrate,
  7. terpineol,
  8. terpolymer,
  9. terpsichore,
  10. terpsichorean

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