Agent Name

Terpene resin

CAS Number

9003-74-1

Major Category

Biological Agents

Synonyms

Polyterpene; Resin, terpene; Resin, terpenoid; [ChemIDplus]

Category

Wood Dusts & Extracts

Sources/Uses

Used as a masticatory substance; [FDA] "Terpenes are a large and diverse class of organic compounds, produced by a variety of plants, particularly conifers, . . . The difference between terpenes and terpenoids is that terpenes are hydrocarbons, whereas terpenoids contain additional functional groups. They are the major components of resin, and of turpentine produced from resin. . . . Terpenes are derived biosynthetically from units of isoprene, which has the molecular formula C5H8. The basic molecular formulae of terpenes are multiples of that, (C5H8)n where n is the number of linked isoprene units." [Wikipedia]

Comments

Causes somnolence in oral lethal-dose studies of rats (lethal-dose > 15,000 mg/kg); Causes changes in liver weight in 90-day intermittent oral studies of rats; [RTECS]

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