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1. A white crystalline compound, C8H7N, 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.
2. Any of various derivatives of this compound.

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(ˈɪndəʊl) or


(Elements & Compounds) a white or yellowish crystalline heterocyclic compound extracted from coal tar and used in perfumery, medicine, and as a flavouring agent; 1-benzopyrrole. Formula: C8H7N
[C19: from ind(igo) + -ole1]
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(ˈɪn doʊl)

a colorless to yellowish solid, C8H7N, that has a low melting point and a fecal odor, is obtained from coal tar or from animal feces, and is used in perfumery and as a reagent.
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As already mentioned, a number of studies have highlighted the capacity of AhR to respond to indolyl metabolites, including indoxyl-3-sulfate, 6-formylindolo[3,2b]carbazole, kyneurenine, kynurenic acid, tryptamine, indole-3-acetate, and dietary indoles (indole-3-carbinol and 3,3'-diindolylmethane from the Cruciferous vegetables), thus positioning the AhR as a candidate indole receptor [11, 15, 43, 44].
Catalase positive, Indole negative, Oxidase negative