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thiourea

[thahy-oh-yoo-ree-uh, -yoo r-ee-uh]
noun Chemistry.
  1. a colorless, crystalline, bitter-tasting, water-soluble solid, CH4N2S, derived from urea by replacement of the oxygen with sulfur: used chiefly in photography, inorganic synthesis, and to accelerate the vulcanization of rubber.
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Origin of thiourea

From New Latin, dating back to 1890–95; see origin at thio-, urea
Also called thiocarbamide.
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British Dictionary definitions for thiourea

thiourea

noun
  1. a white water-soluble crystalline substance with a bitter taste that forms addition compounds with metal ions and is used in photographic fixing, rubber vulcanization, and the manufacture of synthetic resins. Formula: H 2 NCSNH 2
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thiourea in Science

thiourea

[thī′ō-yu-rēə]
  1. A lustrous white crystalline compound used as a developer in photography and photocopying and in various organic syntheses. Thiourea has the same structure as urea, but with a sulfur atom in place of the oxygen atom. Chemical formula: CH4N2S.
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