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hydrogen sulfide

a colorless, flammable, water-soluble, cumulatively poisonous gas, H 2 S, having the odor of rotten eggs: used chiefly in the manufacture of chemicals, in metallurgy, and as a reagent in laboratory analysis.
Also called sulfureted hydrogen.
Origin of hydrogen sulfide
First recorded in 1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • hydrogen sulfide (H2S), one of the typical gases issuing from fumaroles, readily oxidizes to sulfuric acid and native sulfur.

    Volcanoes Robert I. Tilling
  • There is an occasional outpouring of hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide.

    The Flaming Mountain Harold Leland Goodwin
  • hydrogen sulfide was what gave the characteristic aroma to rotten eggs, and sulfur dioxide wasn't exactly perfume.

    The Flaming Mountain Harold Leland Goodwin
  • Or if hydrogen sulfide is mixed with the acetylene we may get thiophenes, which have sulfur in the ring.

    Creative Chemistry

    Edwin E. Slosson
  • But there are two gases that he always remembers, chlorine and hydrogen sulfide.

    Creative Chemistry

    Edwin E. Slosson
hydrogen sulfide in Medicine

hydrogen sulfide n.
A colorless, flammable poisonous gas that has a characteristic rotten-egg odor, is formed in the decomposition of organic matter containing sulfur, and is used as an antiseptic, a bleach, and a reagent.

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hydrogen sulfide in Science
hydrogen sulfide  
A colorless, poisonous gas that smells like rotten eggs. It is formed naturally by decaying organic matter and is the smelly component of intestinal gas. It is also emitted by volcanoes and fumaroles. Hydrogen sulfide is used in the petroleum, rubber, and mining industries, and in making sulfur. Chemical formula: H2S.
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