heteroatom

[het-uh-roh-at-uh m]

noun Chemistry.

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

Nearby words

  1. hetero-,
  2. heteroagglutinin,
  3. heteroantibody,
  4. heteroantiserum,
  5. heteroaromatic,
  6. heteroauxin,
  7. heteroblastic,
  8. heterocarpy,
  9. heterocellular,
  10. heterocercal

Origin of heteroatom

First recorded in 1895–1900; hetero- + atom

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