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[in-dok-sil] /ɪnˈdɒk sɪl/
noun, Chemistry.
a crystalline compound, C 8 H 7 NO, that is obtained by the hydrolysis of indican and is readily oxidized to furnish indigo.
Origin of indoxyl
First recorded in 1885-90; ind- + (hydr)oxyl Unabridged
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  • Indol is absorbed and oxidized into indoxyl, which combines with potassium and sulphuric acid and is thus excreted.

    A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis James Campbell Todd
British Dictionary definitions for indoxyl


a yellow water-soluble crystalline compound occurring in woad as its glucoside and in urine as its ester. Formula: C8H7NO See also indican
Word Origin
C19: from indigo + hydroxyl
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indoxyl in Medicine

indoxyl in·dox·yl (ĭn-dŏk'səl)
A product of intestinal bacterial degradation of indoleacetic acid, excreted in the urine.

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