mercaptan

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From German Mercaptan, coined from Latin mer(curius) (mercury) captan(s) (capturing).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /məːˈkapt(ə)n/, /məːˈkaptan/

Noun[edit]

mercaptan (plural mercaptans)

  1. (chemistry) Any of a class of organic compounds of sulphur, ( R1.S.R2 ); they tend to be foul-smelling. When R2 is a hydrogen atom, they are termed thiols or thioalcohols.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Coined from Latin mercurium captans.

Noun[edit]

mercaptan m (plural mercaptans)

  1. (chemistry) mercaptan