hydrogen sulfide


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

Examples of hydrogen sulfide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Officials from the Winnebago County Health Department tested for carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulfide and volatile organic compounds. Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 17 June 2021 The breezes that wafted from the hog farm next to her mother’s Duplin County, N.C., home carried hazardous gases: methane, ammonia, hydrogen sulfide. Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, 11 May 2021 Fining also removes hydrogen sulfide and bitter flavors. Mike Desimone And Jeff Jenssen, Forbes, 11 Mar. 2021 Not only that, the gobies' hearts are undamaged by a lack of oxygen and exposure to poisonous hydrogen sulfide gas—unlike other local fish, such as hake. David Biello, Scientific American, 15 July 2010 Mount Hood is an active volcano, so climbers are used to a rotten egg odor that often comes from hydrogen sulfide that vents through the rocks in areas called fumaroles. Lauren M. Johnson, CNN, 8 Dec. 2020 It’s the rancid odor of hydrogen sulfide coming from the lake. Los Angeles Times, 19 Nov. 2020 As the three men walked across the site, a sinkhole of hot oil and hydrogen sulfide opened beneath Taylor’s feet and swallowed him. ProPublica, 18 Sep. 2020 When concentrations of hydrogen sulfide in the Salton Sea exceed 30 parts per billion, toxic compounds from agricultural and manufacturing runoff sometimes interact to produce a chemical reaction that is best described as a fart. Frank Shyong Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of hydrogen sulfide

1869, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hydrogen sulfide was in 1869

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29 Jun 2021

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“Hydrogen sulfide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydrogen%20sulfide. Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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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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