[ 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.
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Origin of skatole
1875–80; <Greek skat- (stem of skôr) dung + -ole2
Words nearby skatole
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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
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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.
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