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dimercaprol

[ dahy-mer-kap-rawl, -rol ]

noun

, Chemistry.
  1. a colorless, oily, viscous liquid, C 3 H 8 OS 2 , originally developed as an antidote to lewisite and now used in treating bismuth, gold, mercury, and arsenic poisoning.


dimercaprol

/ ˌdaɪməˈkæprɒl /

noun

  1. a colourless oily liquid with an offensive smell, used as an antidote to lewisite and similar toxic substances. Formula: CH 2 (SH)CH(SH)CH 2 OH Also calledBAL


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Word History and Origins

Origin of dimercaprol1

1945–50; contraction of di-mercapto-propanol ( mercapto- combining form of mercaptan )
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Word History and Origins

Origin of dimercaprol1

C20: by shortening and altering from dimercaptopropanol

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