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 (skăt′ōl, -ôl) also skat·ol (-ôl, -ōl, -ŏl)
A white crystalline organic compound, C9H9N, with a strong fecal odor, found naturally in feces, civet, coal tar, and certain plants or produced synthetically, used as a fixative in the manufacture of perfume.

[Greek skōr, skat-, dung; see sker- in Indo-European roots + -ole.]


(ˈskætəʊl) or


(Elements & Compounds) a white or brownish crystalline solid with a strong faecal odour, found in faeces, beetroot, and coal tar; B-methylindole. Formula: C9H9N
[C19: from Greek skat-, stem of skōr excrement + -ole1]


(ˈskæt oʊl, -ɔl)

a white, crystalline, water-soluble solid, C9H9N, having a strong, fecal odor: used chiefly as a fixative in perfume making.
[1875–80; < Greek skat- (s. of skôr) dung + -ole2]
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2]S) are routinely measured, and 3-methylindole (skatole), a byproduct of tryptophan degradation, also increases fecal odor.
Rumen metabolism takes up to three weeks to adjust to this rapid change in diet and is unable to cope, leading to the amino acid being converted to a compound called 3-methylindole, which has a toxic effect on the lungs, causing the symptoms of pneumonia.

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