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Related to mercaptan: ethyl mercaptan
[German, from Danish, from Medieval Latin (corpus) mercurium captāns, (a substance) seizing mercury : mercurium, accusative of mercurius, mercury; see mercury + Latin captāns, present participle of captāre, frequentative of capere, to seize; see capture.]
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(Elements & Compounds) another name (not in technical usage) for thiol
[C19: from German, from Medieval Latin mercurium captans, literally: seizing quicksilver]
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any of a class of odiferous sulfur-containing compounds having the type formula RSH, where R represents a radical.Also called thiol.
[< German (1834), shortening of Latin phrase corpus mercurium captāns body capturing quicksilver]
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