[ ar-uh-mat-ik ]
/ ˌær əˈmæt ɪk /


having an aroma; fragrant or sweet-scented; odoriferous.
Chemistry. of or relating to an aromatic compound or compounds.


a plant, drug, or medicine yielding a fragrant aroma, as sage or certain spices and oils.

Origin of aromatic

1325–75; Middle English aromatyk (< Middle French) < Late Latin arōmaticus < Greek arōmatikós. See aroma, -ic

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British Dictionary definitions for aromatic

/ (ˌærəˈmætɪk) /


having a distinctive, usually fragrant smell
(of an organic compound) having an unsaturated ring containing alternating double and single bonds, esp containing a benzene ring; exhibiting aromaticityCompare aliphatic


something, such as a plant or drug, giving off a fragrant smell

Derived forms of aromatic

aromatically, adverb
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Medicine definitions for aromatic

[ ăr′ə-mătĭk ]


Having an agreeable, somewhat pungent, spicy odor.
Of, relating to, or containing one or more six-carbon rings characteristic of the benzene series and related organic groups.


Any of a group of vegetable-derived drugs having a fragrant odor and slight stimulative properties.
An aromatic organic compound.

Other words from aromatic

ar′o•mati•cal•ly adv.
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Science definitions for aromatic

[ ăr′ə-mătĭk ]

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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