aromatic

[ ar-uh-mat-ik ]
/ ˌær əˈmæt ɪk /

adjective

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

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. aroma,
  2. aromantic,
  3. aromatase,
  4. aromatase inhibitor,
  5. aromatherapy,
  6. aromatic compound,
  7. aromatic series,
  8. aromatic spirits of ammonia,
  9. aromaticity,
  10. aromatization

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

aromatic

/ (ˌærəˈmætɪk) /

adjective

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

noun

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

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Word Origin and History for aromatic

aromatic

adj.

c.1400, aromatyk, from Middle French aromatique (14c.), from Latin aromaticus, from Greek aromatikos, from aroma (genitive aromatos) "seasoning, sweet spice," of unknown origin.

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Medicine definitions for aromatic

aromatic

[ ăr′ə-mătĭk ]

adj.

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.

n.

Any of a group of vegetable-derived drugs having a fragrant odor and slight stimulative properties.
An aromatic organic compound.
Related formsar′o•mati•cal•ly adv.


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Science definitions for aromatic

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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