As nouns the difference between alkyl and mercaptoalkyl
is that alkyl
is alkyl while mercaptoalkyl
is (organic chemistry|especially in combination) an alkyl group having a mercaptan (thiol) substituent.
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
(organic chemistry) Any of a series of univalent radicals of the general formula CnH2n+1 derived from aliphatic hydrocarbons.
* amyl, pentyl
* and so on
(organic chemistry, especially in combination) An alkyl group having a mercaptan (thiol) substituent