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indole

[in-dohl] /ˈɪn doʊl/
noun, Chemistry
1.
a colorless to yellowish solid, C 8 H 7 N, having a low melting point and a fecal odor, found in the oil of jasmine and clove and as a putrefaction product from animals' intestines: used in perfumery and as a reagent.
Origin of indole
1865-1870
1865-70; ind- + -ole2
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indole

/ˈɪndəʊl/
noun
1.
a white or yellowish crystalline heterocyclic compound extracted from coal tar and used in perfumery, medicine, and as a flavouring agent; 1-benzopyrrole. Formula: C8H7N
Word Origin
C19: from ind(igo) + -ole1
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indole in Medicine

indole in·dole (ĭn'dōl')
n.

  1. A white crystalline compound obtained from coal tar or various plants and found in the intestines and feces as a product of the bacterial decomposition of tryptophan. Also called ketole.

  2. Any of various derivatives of this compound.

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indole in Science
indole
  (ĭn'dōl')   
  1. A white crystalline compound obtained from coal tar or various plants and produced by the bacterial decomposition of tryptophan in the intestine. It is used in the perfume industry and as a reagent. Chemical formula: C8H7N.

  2. Any of various derivatives of this compound.


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