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Medical Term:

mercaptan

Pronunciation: mer-kap'tan

Definition:

  1. A class of substances in which the oxygen of an alcohol has been replaced by sulfur (cysteine).
  2. In dentistry, a class of elastic impression compounds sometimes referred to as rubber base materials.

See: thiol

Synonym(s): thioalcohol

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