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aromatic

[ar-uh-mat-ik] /ˌær əˈmæt ɪk/
adjective
1.
having an aroma; fragrant or sweet-scented; odoriferous.
2.
Chemistry. of or relating to an aromatic compound or compounds.
noun
3.
a plant, drug, or medicine yielding a fragrant aroma, as sage or certain spices and oils.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English aromatyk (< Middle French) < Late Latin arōmaticus < Greek arōmatikós. See aroma, -ic
Related forms
aromatically, adverb
aromaticness, noun
nonaromatic, adjective
nonaromatically, adverb
unaromatic, adjective
unaromatically, adverb
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  • Flowers and blossoms undoubtedly the largest source of aromatics.
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British Dictionary definitions for aromatics

aromatic

/ˌærəˈmætɪk/
adjective
1.
having a distinctive, usually fragrant smell
2.
(of an organic compound) having an unsaturated ring containing alternating double and single bonds, esp containing a benzene ring; exhibiting aromaticity Compare aliphatic
noun
3.
something, such as a plant or drug, giving off a fragrant smell
Derived Forms
aromatically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for aromatics

aromatic

adj.

c.1400, aromatyk, from Middle French aromatique (14c.), from Latin aromaticus, from Greek aromatikos, from aroma (genitive aromatos) "seasoning, sweet spice," of unknown origin.

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aromatics in Medicine

aromatic ar·o·mat·ic (ār'ə-māt'ĭk)
adj.

  1. Having an agreeable, somewhat pungent, spicy odor.

  2. Of, relating to, or containing one or more six-carbon rings characteristic of the benzene series and related organic groups.

n.
Any of a group of vegetable-derived drugs having a fragrant odor and slight stimulative properties.
ar'o·mat'i·cal·ly adv.
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aromatics in Science
aromatic
  (ār'ə-māt'ĭk)   

Relating to an organic compound containing at least one benzene ring or similar ring-shaped component. Naphthalene and TNT are aromatic compounds. Compare aliphatic.
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