Meaning of nepetalactone in English:

nepetalactone

Pronunciation /nɪˌpiːtəˈlaktəʊn/

noun

Chemistry
  • A monoterpenoid lactone containing a methylcyclopentane ring, C ₁₀ H ₁₄ O ₂, which is found in some plants of the mint family (especially the catmint Nepeta cataria), and has a scent that is strongly attractive to many cats and repellent to many insects.

Origin

1940s. From nepeta + lactone.