Definition of mercaptoethanol in English:

mercaptoethanol

noun

Chemistry
  • A liquid, HOCH₂CH₂SH, used as an intermediate in organic synthesis, as a chain transfer agent in polymerization reactions, and in buffer solutions to maintain protein sulphydryl groups in a reduced state; 2-hydroxyethylmercaptan.

Origin

1940s; earliest use found in Biochemical Journal. From mercapto- + ethanol.

Pronunciation

mercaptoethanol

/məːkaptəʊˈɛθənɒl/