Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

mercaptan

play
noun mer·cap·tan \(ˌ)mər-ˈkap-ˌtan\

Definition of mercaptan

  1. :  thiol 1



Origin and Etymology of mercaptan

German, from Dan, from Medieval Latin mercurium captans, literally, seizing mercury


First Known Use: 1835


Medical Dictionary

mercaptan

play
noun mer·cap·tan \(ˌ)mər-ˈkap-ˌtan\

Medical Definition of mercaptan

  1. :  thiol 1




Learn More about mercaptan


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up mercaptan? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

mysterious, holy, or spiritual

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

lavender-fields-in-france

Which of these is a synonym of caesura?

rebellion torrent interruption megillah
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ