skatole

noun

ska·​tole ˈska-ˌtōl How to pronounce skatole (audio)
ˈskā-
variants or less commonly skatol
ˈska-ˌtȯl How to pronounce skatole (audio)
-ˌtōl,
ˈskā-
: a foul-smelling compound C9H9N found in the intestines and feces, in civet, and in several plants or made synthetically and used in perfumes as a fixative

Examples of skatole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The constantly present base notes are the short-chain straight and branched acids, cresol and other phenolics, and skatole. Harold McGee, Wired, 6 Nov. 2020 Two protein by-products are especially emblematic of excrement: barnyardy cresol and fecal skatole. Harold McGee, Wired, 6 Nov. 2020

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Word History

Etymology

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Greek skat-, skōr excrement — more at scatology

First Known Use

1879, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of skatole was in 1879

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Cite this Entry

“Skatole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/skatole. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

skatole

noun
ska·​tole ˈskat-ˌōl How to pronounce skatole (audio) ˈskāt- How to pronounce skatole (audio)
variants also skatol
: a foul-smelling compound C9H9N found in the intestines and feces, in civet, and in several plants or made synthetically and used in perfumes as a fixative

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