hydrogen sulfide

noun

Definition of hydrogen sulfide

: a flammable poisonous gas H2S that has an odor suggestive of rotten eggs and is found especially in many mineral waters and in putrefying matter

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There is something in the air these days in Washington: methane with a smattering of higher alkanes and perhaps a little hydrogen sulfide. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Feel Free to Gush About Natural Gas," 30 May 2019 The thick seaweed also releases hydrogen sulfide gas that smells like rotten eggs, which can cause problems for those with respiratory issues. Marcus Lim, sun-sentinel.com, "Sargassum seaweed staying on our beaches — indefinitely, study says," 5 July 2019 Dead zones in the oceans today emit poisonous hydrogen sulfide. Letter Writers, Twin Cities, "Letters: Too many trucks where trucks don’t belong," 29 June 2019 Michi Tobler, an evolutionary biologist at Kansas State University who studies parallel adaptations among fishes that live in highly toxic hydrogen sulfide springs in Mexico, is more skeptical of that possibility. Quanta Magazine, "Fragile DNA Enables New Adaptations to Evolve Quickly," 5 Feb. 2019 People on Trinidad and other Caribbean islands have been forced to evacuate their homes because of the toxic hydrogen sulfide gas released by the rotting weed on beaches. David Doubilet, National Geographic, "Life in the North Atlantic depends on this floating seaweed," 12 June 2019 Uranus: An April Nature Astronomy paper informed us that Uranus’ clouds are full of hydrogen sulfide, the same smell behind rotten eggs and … other gases. Bill Andrews, Discover Magazine, "State of Science: 11 Biggest Solar System Discoveries of 2018," 1 Jan. 2019 In 2005 Knauth published a geochemical paper showing that Precambrian seas were hot and super-salty, suitable only for microbes that could withstand salt and hydrogen sulfide. Peter Byrne, Quanta Magazine, "Early Life in Death Valley," 24 Apr. 2014 The study measured the air for two gases common in animal waste: ammonia and hydrogen sulfide. azcentral, "AZ Memo: No health concerns in air around Hickman's, state reports; Bashas' wants new doughnut ideas; Phoenix is a hub for single homeowners," 7 May 2018

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1869, in the meaning defined above

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hydrogen sulfide

noun

Medical Definition of hydrogen sulfide

: a flammable poisonous gas H2S that has an odor suggestive of rotten eggs and is found especially in many mineral waters and in putrefying matter

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