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Noun- Any of a class of compounds with the general formula RSH that are analogous to the alcohols and phenols but contain sulfur in place of oxygen and that in the case of those of low molecular weight have very disagreeable odors.

Usage examples (36)
  • Sulfur will bind to the mercury and soak it up (why it's also called "mercaptan").
  • But the smell of mercaptan certainly is unpleasant.
  • But the city has not yet determined it was a mercaptan leak.
  • PHILLIPS: Soledad, real quickly, so can mercaptan be harmful? for more
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