butyl mercaptan


Also found in: Encyclopedia.

bu´tyl mer`cap´tan


n.1.(Chem.) A volatile liquid, C4H9.SH, having a strong odor like that of a skunk; also called butanethiol. All three isomers, normal, sec-, and tert-butanethiol possess the skunk odor.
References in periodicals archive ?
Not that you'd care alter being doused, but skunk spray is, technically speaking, a musk made mostly of butyl mercaptan, a highly smelly sulfur compound that also is used in industrial applications.
To be fair to the lads, their speciality is a cocktail of 80% tertiary butyl mercaptan and 20% dimethyl sulphide.
The two scent glands are located on opposite sides of the anus with each having a short tube that extends out slightly on each side of the anus when the yellowish colored butyl mercaptan containing liquid is sprayed.