Indole definition

ĭndōl
A white, crystalline compound, C8H7N, obtained from indigo and other sources and formed as a product of the intestinal putrefaction of proteins: it is used in perfumery, as a reagent, etc.
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A white crystalline compound, C8 H7 N, obtained from coal tar or various plants and produced by the bacterial decomposition of tryptophan in the intestine. It is used in perfumes and as a reagent.
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Any of various derivatives of this compound.
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A white crystalline compound, C8 H7 N, obtained from coal tar or various plants and produced by the bacterial decomposition of tryptophan in the intestine. It is used in perfumes and as a reagent.
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Any of various derivatives of this compound.
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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.
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Any of various derivatives of this compound.
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(chemistry) An organic compound, C8H7N, found in coal tar, and produced in the gut by the bacterial decomposition of tryptophan; it is an aromatic bicyclic heterocycle having a benzene ring fused with a pyrrole ring; indole and its derivatives occur widely in nature and have many industrial applications.
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(chemistry) Any of the derivatives of indole1.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of indole - indol

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
indole
Plural:
indoles

Origin of indole

  • ind(igo) –ole

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From indigo and Latin oleum, “oil”; consider -ole.

    From Wiktionary