from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A mixture of terpenes prepared from oil of turpentine, used as an expectorant and antiseptic.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A colorless mobile liquid hydrocarbon (C10H16) having a faint odor, and optically inactive, prepared by treating rectified oil of turpentine with concentrated sulphuric acid in the cold.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Chem.) A polymeric modification of terpene, obtained as a white crystalline camphorlike substance; -- called also
camphene. By extension, any one of a group of related substances.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun obsolete, medicine Any of various preparations, composed mainly of
terpenes, obtained from camphoror turpentineby several chemical methods, used as an expectorantand antiseptic
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[French térébène, from térébinthe, terebinth, from Old French terebinte; see terebinth.]
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The new devices were dismal, such as the vile stuff called terebene, which smoked and smelt more than it illuminated, such as the wax tapers which were coiled round bottles that had seen better days.
By the action of a small quantity of sulphuric acid, among other products terebene is formed.
Scientific American Supplement, No. 711, August 17, 1889 Various
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