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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Recent Examples on the Web The pipe, which belongs to Denbury Enterprises, contained carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide. Sanya Mansoor, Time, "Hundreds Evacuated, Dozens Hospitalized After Gas Pipe Rupture in Mississippi," 23 Feb. 2020 The other was originally built to deliver local natural gas that was high in hydrogen sulfide, and hydrogen can make some steel pipes brittle. Peter Fairley, Scientific American, "Solar and Wind Power Could Ignite a Hydrogen Energy Comeback," 1 Feb. 2020 This life-saving gizmo is calibrated to detect the carbon dioxide or hydrogen sulfide found in a toot or a Number 2. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Charmin Unveils a Robot That Delivers Toilet Paper to You," 8 Jan. 2020 Japanese scientists studying live mice and dead humans associated high levels of hydrogen sulfide with schizophrenia. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's magazine, "Findings," 20 Jan. 2020 The increased evaporation and lack of incoming fresh water raised the bay’s salinity and lowered its oxygen levels, suffocating the seagrass and causing bacteria to produce hydrogen sulfide—a rotten-egg-smelling gas that is toxic to the plant. Kate Stein, Scientific American, "Climate Change Throws a Wrench in Everglades Restoration," 21 June 2019 Neither well is expected to release any hydrogen sulfide. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Fast-moving Hawaii lava prompts evacuations, covers well on geothermal plant property," 28 May 2018 The sulfur gets stripped from the fuel in the form of hydrogen sulfide, which is subsequently converted to solid sulfur, or sulfuric acid. Anton Alexandrovich Toutov, The Conversation, "Sulfur pollution from coal and gas is insanely bad – but a new chemistry innovation could clean it up," 23 Oct. 2019 Small children across the country have died after falling into septic tanks, which contain high levels of hydrogen sulfide, a toxic gas that deprives the body of oxygen. Lauren Caruba, ExpressNews.com, "After a toddler fell into a septic tank, a team in San Antonio raced to save her life," 8 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of hydrogen sulfide

1869, in the meaning defined above

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“Hydrogen sulfide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydrogen%20sulfide. Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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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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