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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Some of the marine bacteria that move in when a ship sinks munch on sulfur and release a compound called hydrogen sulfide. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Tiny magnets will escort ions out of rare material from a shipwreck," 24 Aug. 2018 Authorities later declared a temporary state of emergency, saying the landfill was belching alarmingly high levels of hydrogen sulfide. Washington Post, "A big stink erupts over landfills ringing Russia’s capital," 19 June 2018 The agency set up an air quality monitoring truck in the neighborhood for a week in June to monitor for hydrogen sulfide in the air, a hazardous chemical that can hurt a person's health. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Controversy in the air as Mesa homeowners decry neighboring asphalt plant’s odors," 11 July 2018 One scientist has warned that Istanbul will come to stink of bad eggs from hydrogen sulfide. New York Times, "A Canal Through Turkey? Presidential Vote Is a Test of Erdogan’s Building Spree," 21 June 2018 More problems occurred when refinery operations restarted, resulting in the release of hydrogen sulfide and amine gases. Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com, "Dramatic Chalmette Refinery flaring was result of accident, not routine, state says," 12 Mar. 2018 But as the Yadrovo dump overflowed and the organic waste decayed under the topsoil, a mixture of hydrogen sulfide and methane gases enveloped the town during the winter. Washington Post, "A big stink erupts over landfills ringing Russia’s capital," 19 June 2018 So much trash was dumped near the town of Volokolamsk, 110 kilometers (68 miles) west of Moscow, that a toxic mixture of hydrogen sulfide and methane gases enveloped the town during the winter. Fox News, "World Cup has divisive legacy for Russia's environment," 12 June 2018 Sufferers report smelling hydrogen sulfide (rotten eggs), bad perfume, garbage, a gas leak, wet dog, pungent body odor or spoiled fish or feces. NBC News, "Phantom smells may be a sign of trouble," 10 July 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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