One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of a series of compounds with the general formula RCH(SR′)₂, formed by the acid-catalysed reaction of a thiol (mercaptan) with an aldehyde.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Matthew Muir (1848–1931). From mercapt- + -al.
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