thiol

noun
thi·ol | \ ˈthī-ˌȯl , -ˌōl \

Definition of thiol 

1 : any of various compounds having the general formula RSH which are analogous to alcohols but in which sulfur replaces the oxygen of the hydroxyl group and which have disagreeable odors

2 : the functional group −SH characteristic of thiols

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Other words from thiol

thiolic \thī-ˈȯ-lik \ adjective

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The skunk bath recipe works by oxidizing the thiols into compounds called disulfides, which are not so smelly. Janine M. Kahn, Good Housekeeping, "What You Should Do When Your Dog Rolls In These 3 Disgusting Things—According To Veterinarians," 10 July 2017

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First Known Use of thiol

circa 1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for thiol

International Scientific Vocabulary thi- + -ol entry 1

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thiol

noun
thi·ol | \ ˈthī-ˌȯl , -ˌōl \

Medical Definition of thiol 

1 : any of a class of compounds that are analogous to alcohols and phenols but contain sulfur in place of oxygen with the general formula RSH and in the case of those of low molecular weight have very disagreeable odors

called also mercaptan

2 : the functional group −SH characteristic of thiols

Other words from thiol

thiolic \thī-ˈō-lik \ adjective

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