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- n. Plural form of bromophenol.
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This ocean aroma appears to be provided by compounds called bromophenols, which are synthesized by algae and some primitive animals from bromine, an abundant element in seawater.
The distinctive iodine-like flavor found frequently in gulf brown shrimps and occasionally in other crustaceans originates in bromine compounds that the animals accumulate from algae and other foods, and then convert to unusual and more odorous compounds bromophenols in their gut.
Farmed saltwater fish lack the oceanic aroma unless their artificial feed is supplemented with bromophenols.