skat·ole (skătōl, -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-3 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + -OLE.]
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