di·​sul·​fide | \ (ˌ)dī-ˈsəl-ˌfīd How to pronounce disulfide (audio) \

Definition of disulfide

1 : a compound containing two atoms of sulfur combined with an element or radical
2 : an organic compound containing the divalent group SS composed of two sulfur atoms

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There are other culprits as the bloom continues, including dimethyl disulfide, which strikes a garlic note; isovaleric acid, which contributes to the smell of sour sweat; and methyl thiolacetate, with an odor that blends garlic and cheese. New York Times, "Why Is the Corpse Flower So Stinky?," 6 July 2018 The skunk bath recipe works by oxidizing the thiols into compounds called disulfides, which are not so smelly. Janine M. Kahn, Good Housekeeping, "What You Should Do When Your Dog Rolls In These 3 Disgusting Things—According To Veterinarians," 10 July 2017 Most rayon today is produced as viscose rayon, which is treated with chemicals, including carbon disulfide. Tatiana Schlossberg, New York Times, "Fig Leaves Are Out. What to Wear to Be Kind to the Planet?," 24 May 2017

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First Known Use of disulfide

1869, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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variants: or chiefly British disulphide \ (ˈ)dī-​ˈsəl-​ˌfīd How to pronounce disulphide (audio) \

Medical Definition of disulfide

1 : a compound containing two atoms of sulfur combined with an element or radical
2 : an organic compound containing the bivalent group SS composed of two sulfur atoms

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