any of a class of sulfur-containing compounds having the type formula RSH, in which R represents a radical, and having an extremely offensive, garlicky odor.
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How to use mercaptan in a sentence
"And butyl mercaptan; I'm quite aware of that," said the Doctor quickly, to continue the tradition of omniscience.Skippy Bedelle | Owen Johnson
True, it smelled like an ancient Earth-animal called skunk—butyl mercaptan.The Hate Disease | William Fitzgerald Jenkins
We tried cayenne pepper and n-butyl mercaptan—the main ingredient in "polecat essence."Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Forty-Second Annual Meeting | Northern Nut Growers Association
The stuff smelled like a mixture of spirits of ammonia and butyl mercaptan, but it did the job.The Highest Treason | Randall Garrett
British Dictionary definitions for mercaptan
another name (not in technical usage) for thiol
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Scientific definitions for mercaptan
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