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Triterpene

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Triterpenes are a class of chemical compounds composed of three terpene units with the molecular formula C30H48; they may also be thought of as consisting of six isoprene units. Animals, plants and fungi all produce triterpenes, including squalene, the precursor to all steroids.[1][2]

Squalene: One of the most important triterpenes
Hopane: An example of a pentacyclic triterpene