thiourea

noun

: a colorless crystalline bitter compound CS(NH2)2 analogous to and resembling urea that is used especially as a photographic and organic chemical reagent
also : a substituted derivative of this compound

Examples of thiourea in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many plants, including broccoli, evolved to produce bitter-tasting chemicals like thiourea to avoid being eaten. Bill Sullivan, The Conversation, 5 June 2020 One of those genes, TAS2R38, recognizes bitter chemicals like thioureas, which are plentiful in broccoli. Bill Sullivan, National Geographic, 6 Aug. 2019

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of thiourea was in 1884

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“Thiourea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thiourea. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

thiourea

noun
thio·​urea -yu̇-ˈrē-ə How to pronounce thiourea (audio)
: a colorless bitter crystalline compound CS(NH2)2 analogous to and resembling urea that is used especially as a reagent and in medicine as an antithyroid drug

called also thiocarbamide

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