terpenoid

Asked by keyboard | 28th Sep, 2008, 09:08: AM

Expert Answer:

The terpenoids, , are a large and diverse class of naturally-occurring organic chemicals similar to terpenes, derived from five-carbon isoprene units assembled and modified in thousands of ways. Most are multicyclic structures that differ from one another not only in functional groups but also in their basic carbon skeletons.Plant terpenoids are used extensively for their aromatic qualities. They play a role in traditional herbal remedies and are under investigation for antibacterial, antineoplastic, and other pharmaceutical functions.

Answered by  | 28th Sep, 2008, 11:18: PM

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