disulfide

noun

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Starting with the original version of the enzyme, the researchers engineered in two amino acids that could form a chemical bond between those two parts (for those who know biochemistry, that's a disulfide bridge). John Timmer, Ars Technica, 8 Apr. 2020 Chemicals like dimethyl disulfide, which contain sulfur, is what creates the rotten smell. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, 19 Jan. 2020 Working at Exxon, Whittingham discovered that titanium disulfide would work well as a cathode: Lithium ions could embed themselves within its layered structure. Science News Staff, Science | AAAS, 9 Oct. 2019 Whittingham put metallic lithium in one end and a layered material called titanium disulfide at the other; the titanium had spaces that could capture the flowing electrons. Josh Fischman, Scientific American, 9 Oct. 2019 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, 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, 10 July 2017 Most rayon today is produced as viscose rayon, which is treated with chemicals, including carbon disulfide. Tatiana Schlossberg, New York Times, 24 May 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1869, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of disulfide was in 1869

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“Disulfide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disulfide. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

disulfide

noun
di·​sul·​fide (ˈ)dī-ˈsəl-ˌfīd How to pronounce disulfide (audio)
: a compound containing two atoms of sulfur combined with an element or chemical group

Medical Definition

disulfide

noun
di·​sul·​fide
variants or chiefly British disulphide
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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