triterpene

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triterpene

[trī′tər‚pēn]
(organic chemistry)
One of a class of compounds having molecular skeletons containing 30 carbon atoms, and theoretically composed of six isoprene units; numerous and widely distributed in nature, occurring principally in plant resins and sap; an example is ambrein.
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Highly oxidized metabolites are often found particularly among the tetracyclic triterpenes and steroids.
B) those that contain tetracyclic triterpenes, such as cucurbitacin R diglucoside, which structurally resemble the specific corticosteroids that inactivate the stress system to protect against overreaction to stressors.
Other constituents include [beta]-sitosterol, [alpha] and [beta] amyrins, lupeol, tetracyclic triterpenes, fatty acids, tannins and glycosides.