limonene

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limonene 

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CHEMISTRY

A colourless liquid hydrocarbon and cyclic monoterpene which is found in the oil of citrus fruits and has a strong orange-like odour.

Uses It is used in cosmetics, as a flavouring in foods and medicines and as an environmentally friendly solvent which may be used as a substitute for some applications of xylene and acetone.

Toxicity It is a skin and respiratory irritant; high doses cause renal cancer in rats.  

Synonyms Cajeputene, dipentene 

Reference http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limonene 

COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE

Limoneneis marketed as a therapy for gastro-oesophageal reflux.

Some data suggest it may have anticarcinogenic properties and currency in managing prostate cancer. 

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