Dictionary.com

dimercaprol

[ dahy-mer-kap-rawl, -rol ]
/ ˌdaɪ mərˈkæp rɔl, -rɒl /
Save This Word!

noun Chemistry.
a colorless, oily, viscous liquid, C3H8OS2, originally developed as an antidote to lewisite and now used in treating bismuth, gold, mercury, and arsenic poisoning.
QUIZ
SPRINT TO THE FINISH WITH THIS OLYMPICS QUIZ!
Compete in our Olympics quiz to see if you can take home the gold medal in Olympics knowledge.
Question 1 of 10
Where was the Olympics first held?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help
Also called BAL, British Anti-Lewisite.

Origin of dimercaprol

1945–50; contraction of di-mercapto-propanol (mercapto- combining form of mercaptan)
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

British Dictionary definitions for dimercaprol

dimercaprol
/ (ˌdaɪməˈkæprɒl) /

noun
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 OHAlso called: BAL

Word Origin for dimercaprol

C20: by shortening and altering from dimercaptopropanol
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for dimercaprol

dimercaprol
[ dī′mər-kăprôl, -rōl ]

n.
A chelating agent developed as an antidote for lewisite and other arsenical poisons, also used as an antidote for antimony, bismuth, chromium, mercury, gold, and nickel poisoning.anti-lewisite British anti-lewisite
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
FEEDBACK