Any of various unstable acids of the form ROC(S)SH, in which R is usually an ethyl group or some other alkyl group.
An unstable, oily, colorless liquid, C3H6OS2, that decomposes into ethyl alcohol and carbon disulfide at 24°C.
Any of a series of acids having the general formula ROC(S)SH, in which R is any hydrocarbon radical.
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Origin of xanthic-acid
- From the yellow color of its salts
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition