heteroatom

noun het·ero·at·om \ ˈhe-tə-rō-ˌa-təm \

Definition of heteroatom

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

First Known Use of heteroatom

1900

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heteroatom

noun het·ero·at·om \ ˈhet-ə-rō-ˌat-əm \

medical Definition of heteroatom

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

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