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[skat-ohl, -awl] /ˈskæt oʊl, -ɔl/
a white, crystalline, watersoluble solid, C 9 H 9 N, having a strong, fecal odor: used chiefly as a fixative in the manufacture of perfume.
Origin of skatole
1875-80; < Greek skat- (stem of skôr) dung + -ole2 Unabridged
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  • Hardy surmises that the lab-reared wasps were agitated during the bumpy ride from the lab to the field and were releasing skatole.
British Dictionary definitions for skatole


a white or brownish crystalline solid with a strong faecal odour, found in faeces, beetroot, and coal tar; B-methylindole. Formula: C9H9N
Word Origin
C19: from Greek skat-, stem of skōr excrement + -ole1
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skatole in Medicine

skatole skat·ole (skāt'ōl, -ôl)
A crystalline organic compound that is formed in the intestine by the bacterial decomposition of tryptophan and that has a strong fecal odor, found naturally in feces, beets, and coal tar.

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