mercurous chloride

mercurous chloride

noun Pharmacology.

Origin:
1880–85

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mercurous chloride
 
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Systematic name: mercury(I) chloride, Also called: calomel a white tasteless insoluble powder used as a fungicide and formerly as a medical antiseptic, cathartic, and diuretic. Formula: Hg2Cl2

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mercurous chloride n.
See calomel.

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mercurous chloride

a very heavy, soft, white, sweetish-tasting halide mineral, formed by the alteration of other mercury minerals, such as cinnabar or amalgams. Calomel is found together with native mercury, cinnabar, calcite, limonite, and clay, at Moschellandsberg, Ger.; Zimapan, Mexico; and Brewster county, Texas, U.S. For detailed physical properties, see halide mineral (table)

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