Definition of dimercaprol in English:

dimercaprol

Syllabification: di·mer·cap·rol
Pronunciation: /ˌdīmərˈkaprôl
 
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noun

Chemistry
  • A colorless, oily liquid with an unpleasant smell, used as an antidote for poisoning by mercury, arsenic, lead, and other heavy metals.
    • Alternative name: 2,3,-dimercapto-1-propanol; chemical formula: CH2(SH)CH(SH)CH2OH
    More example sentences
    • One type contained the anthrax vaccine and the other contained phials of a drug called dimercaprol, which acts as an antidote to heavy metal poisoning.
    • Dimercaprol, or BAL, binds with lead and is excreted in bile and urine.
    • Treatment may include the use of chelating agents such as dimercaprol, dimercaptosuccinic acid, and dimercaptopanesulfonic acid.

Origin

1940s: from elements of the systematic name (see above).

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