Definition of mercaptan
: thiol 1
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Most could pick up the smell of methyl mercaptan, a sulfur compound released as our guts digest the vegetable.
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Origin and Etymology of mercaptan
German, from Danish, from Medieval Latin mercurium captans, literally, seizing mercury
First Known Use: 1835
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