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Oils, Volatile

Oils which evaporate readily. The volatile oils occur in aromatic plants, to which they give odor and other characteristics. Most volatile oils consist of a mixture of two or more TERPENES or of a mixture of an eleoptene (the more volatile constituent of a volatile oil) with a stearopten (the more solid constituent). The synonym essential oils refers to the essence of a plant, as its perfume or scent, and not to its indispensability.

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Tree Number(s): D10.627.675

MeSH Unique ID: D009822

Entry Terms:

  • Volatile Oils
  • Oils, Essential
  • Essential Oils

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