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indole

[ in-dohl ]
/ ˈɪn doʊl /
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noun Chemistry.
a colorless to yellowish solid, C8H7N, having a low melting point and a fecal odor, found in the oil of jasmine and clove and as a putrefaction product from animals' intestines: used in perfumery and as a reagent.
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Origin of indole

First recorded in 1865–70; ind- + -ole2
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British Dictionary definitions for indole

indole

indol (ˈɪndəʊl, -dɒl)

/ (ˈɪndəʊl) /

noun
a white or yellowish crystalline heterocyclic compound extracted from coal tar and used in perfumery, medicine, and as a flavouring agent; 1-benzopyrrole. Formula: C 8 H 7 N

Word Origin for indole

C19: from ind (igo) + -ole 1
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Medical definitions for indole

indole
[ ĭndōl′ ]

n.
A white crystalline compound obtained from coal tar or various plants and found in the intestines and feces as a product of the bacterial decomposition of tryptophan.ketole
Any of various derivatives of this compound.
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Scientific definitions for indole

indole
[ ĭndōl′ ]

A white crystalline compound obtained from coal tar or various plants and produced by the bacterial decomposition of tryptophan in the intestine. It is used in the perfume industry and as a reagent. Chemical formula: C8H7N.
Any of various derivatives of this compound.
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