Adjective "mercaptan" definition and examples

(Mercaptan may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


  1. 'Asparagus contains a sulphur containing compound called mercaptan, and some individuals have an enzyme that quickly breaks down the mercaptan into byproducts which are also found in rotten eggs, skunk spray, onions and garlic.'
  2. 'Even a healthy animal not exposed to noxious substances will have some toxins present in the body (e.g., mercaptans, short-chain fatty acids, skatoles, indoles, ketone bodies).'

More definitions

1. 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.

More examples(as adjective)

"plants can be mercaptan."

"lines can be mercaptan."

"businesses can be mercaptan."


Mid 19th century: from modern Latin mercurium captans, literally ‘capturing mercury’.