noun al·kane·thi·ol \¦al-ˌkān-¦thī-ˌȯl, -ˌōl\

Definition of alkanethiol



  1. :  any of various hydrocarbon polymers also containing sulfur that are deposited on a surface (such as gold) in a monolayer typically in order to create an electronic circuit … described how he and his colleagues have used self-assembling hydrocarbon molecules, called alkanethiols, to form ordered rows on a gold surface. — Gary Stix, Scientific American, April 1996

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Origin and Etymology of alkanethiol

alkane + thiol

First Known Use: 1946

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a brief usually trivial fact

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