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Triterpenes are terpenes consisting of six isoprene units and have the molecular formula C30H48. The pentacyclic triterpenes can be classified into lupane, oleanane or ursane groups.[1] A notable pentacyclic triterpene is Boswellic acid.

Animals, plants, and fungi, create triterpenes including squalene, ambrein, and ganoderic acid.

Triterpenoids are thought of as modified triterpenes, such as lanosterol.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Laszczyk, Melanie (2009). "Pentacyclic Triterpenes of the Lupane, Oleanane and Ursane Group as Tools in Cancer Therapy". Planta Medica 75 (15): 1549–60. doi:10.1055/s-0029-1186102. PMID 19742422. 

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