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IUPAC names
?: 4-Methyl-1-(1-methylethyl)-1,3-cyclohexadiene
?: 4-Methylene-1-(1-methylethyl)cyclohexene
?: 4-Methyl-1-(1-methylethyl)-1,4-cyclohexadiene
?: 1-Methyl-4-(propan-2-ylidene)cyclohex-1-ene
3D model (JSmol)
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Molar mass  g·mol-1
Density ?: 0.8375 g/cm3
?: 0.838 g/cm3
?: 0.853 g/cm3
Melting point ?: 60-61 °C
Boiling point ?: 173.5-174.8 °C
?: 173-174 °C
?: 183 °C
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Infobox references

The terpinenes are a group of isomeric hydrocarbons that are classified as monoterpenes. They each have the same molecular formula and carbon framework, but they differ in the position of carbon-carbon double bonds. ?-Terpinene has been isolated from cardamom and marjoram oils, and from other natural sources. ?-Terpinene has no known natural source but has been prepared from sabinene. ?-Terpinene and ?-terpinene (also known as terpinolene) have been isolated from a variety of plant sources. They are all colorless liquids with a turpentine-like odor.[1]

Production and uses

?-Terpinene is produced industrially by acid-catalyzed rearrangement of ?-pinene. It has perfume and flavoring properties but is mainly used to confer pleasant odor to industrial fluids. Hydrogenation gives the saturated derivative p-menthane.[1]

Biosynthesis of ?-terpinene

Biosynthesis of ?-terpinene.[2] "P" indicates a phosphate group, -PO32-

The biosynthesis of ?-terpinene and other terpenoids occurs via the mevalonate pathway because its starting reactant, dimethylallyl pyrophosphate (DMAPP), is derived from mevalonic acid.

Geranyl pyrophosphate (GPP) is produced from the reaction of a resonance-stable allylic cation, formed from the loss of the pyrophosphate group from DMAPP, and isopentenyl pyrophosphate (IPP), and the subsequent loss of a proton. GPP then loses the pyrophosphate group to form the resonance-stable geranyl cation. The reintroduction of the pyrophosphate group to the cation produces GPP isomer, known as linalyl pyrophosphate (LPP). LPP then forms a resonance-stable cation by losing its pyrophosphate group. Cyclization is then completed thanks to this more favorable stereochemistry of the LPP cation, now yielding a terpinyl cation. Finally, a 1,2-hydride shift via a Wagner-Meerwein rearrangement produces the terpinen-4-yl cation. It is the loss of a hydrogen from this cation that generates ?-terpinene.

Plants that produce terpinene


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