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mercaptan

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mer=cap=tan

CIDE DICTIONARY

mercaptann. [F., fr. NL. mercurius mercury + L. captans, p. pr. of captare to seize, v. intens. fr. capere.].
     Any one of series of compounds having an -SH radical attached to a carbon atom, also considered as hydrosulphides of alcohol radicals, in composition resembling the alcohols, but containing sulphur in place of oxygen, and hence called also the sulphur alcohols. In general, they are colorless liquids having a strong, repulsive, garlic odor. The name is specifically applied to ethyl mercaptan, C2H5SH. So called from its avidity for mercury, and other metals.  [1913 Webster]

OXFORD DICTIONARY

mercaptan, n. = THIOL.

Etymology
mod.L mercurium captans capturing mercury

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