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definition of the word mercaptan

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Latin corpus mercurium captans, substance capable of capturing (reacting with) mercury

Singular
mercaptan

Plural
mercaptans

mercaptan (plural mercaptans)

  1. (chemistry) 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 thio-alcohols.
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