indole

indole

[in-dohl]
noun Chemistry.
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:
1865–70; ind- + -ole2

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indole or indol (ˈɪndəʊl, -dɒl)
 
n
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
 
[C19: from ind(igo) + -ole1]
 
indol or indol
 
n
 
[C19: from ind(igo) + -ole1]

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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   (ĭn'dōl')  Pronunciation Key 
  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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indole

a heterocyclic organic compound occurring in some flower oils, such as jasmine and orange blossom, in coal tar, and in fecal matter. It is used in perfumery and in making tryptophan, an essential amino acid, and indoleacetic acid (heteroauxin), a hormone that promotes the development of roots in plant cuttings

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