[ skat-ohl, -awl ]
/ ˈskæt oʊl, -ɔl /
a white, crystalline, watersoluble solid, C9H9N, having a strong, fecal odor: used chiefly as a fixative in the manufacture of perfume.
Can You Ace This Quiz About “Compliment” vs. “Complement”?
Take this quiz to see if you really know the difference between “compliment” and “complement"!
Question 1 of 11
“Compliment” and “complement” had a shared meaning a long time ago, but today they are no longer interchangeable.
Origin of skatole
1875–80; < Greek skat- (stem of skôr) dung + -ole2
Words nearby skatole
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020
British Dictionary definitions for skatole
/ (ˈskætəʊl) /
a white or brownish crystalline solid with a strong faecal odour, found in faeces, beetroot, and coal tar; B-methylindole. Formula: C 9 H 9 N
Word Origin for skatole
C19: from Greek skat-, stem of skōr excrement + -ole 1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Medical definitions for skatole
[ skăt′ōl, -ôl ]
A crystalline organic compound that is formed in the intestine by the bacterial decomposition of tryptophan and that has a strong fecal odor, found naturally in feces, beets, and coal tar.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.