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Hg

Symbol, Chemistry.

Origin:
< Neo-Latin hydrargyrum, for Latin hydrargyrus (by analogy with aurum, argentum, etc.) < Greek hydrárgyros literally, liquid silver (hydr- hydr-1 + árgyros silver)

hg

hectogram; hectograms.

H.G.

1.
High German ( def 1 ).
2.
His grace; Her Grace.
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hg
 
abbreviation for
hectogram

Hg
 
the chemical symbol for
mercury
 
[from New Latin hydrargyrum]

HG
 
abbreviation for
1.  High German
2.  His (or Her) Grace
3.  (formerly, in Britain) Home Guard

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Hg
The symbol for the element mercury.

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Hg  
The symbol for mercury.
mercury   (mûr'kyə-rē)  Pronunciation Key 
Symbol Hg
A silvery-white, dense, poisonous metallic element that is a liquid at room temperature and is used in thermometers, barometers, batteries, and pesticides. Atomic number 80; atomic weight 200.59; melting point -38.87°C; boiling point 356.58°C; specific gravity 13.546 (at 20°C); valence 1, 2. See Periodic Table.

Our Living Language  : Like a few other elements, mercury has a chemical symbol, Hg, that bears no resemblance to its name. This is because Hg is an abbreviation of the Latin name of the element, which was hydrargium. This word in turn was taken over from Greek, where it literally meant "water-silver." With this name the Greeks were referring to the fact that mercury is a silvery liquid at room temperature, rather than a solid like other metals. Similarly, an older English name for this element is quicksilver, which means "living silver," referring to its ability to move like a living thing. (The word quick used to mean "alive," as in the Biblical phrase "the quick and the dead.") The name mercury refers to the fact that the element flows about quickly: the name comes from the Roman god Mercury, who was the swift-footed messenger of the gods.
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hg
  1. hectogram

  2. hemoglobin

Hg
  1. Haggai

  2. mercury

HG
  1. High German

  2. Holy Grail

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