heteroatom

[ het-uh-roh-at-uhm ]
/ ˌhɛt ə roʊˈæt əm /

noun Chemistry.

an atom other than carbon in the ring structure of a heterocyclic compound.

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Origin of heteroatom

First recorded in 1895–1900; hetero- + atom
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