N - the compound formerly known as indol
(according to Webster 1913). This aromatic
compound is found in some plants, and coal tar
, and used in jasmine
and orange blossom perfume
. If you're into chemistry
, you might be interested to know that its molecules consist of a benzene ring
fused to a
-containing five-membered ring. It melts at 52 degrees C and boils at 253 degrees C.
However, indole is more commonly known thanks to the bacteria which can produce it as a by-product of breaking down the amino acid tryptophan in your intestines. In other words, indole is the reason your shit stinks.*
Cf. mercaptan, skatole and hydrogen sulfide.