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[mer-kyoo r-ik] /mərˈkyʊər ɪk/
adjective, Chemistry
of or containing mercury, especially in the bivalent state.
Origin of mercuric
1820-30; mercur(y) + -ic Unabridged
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Examples from the web for mercuric
  • The sale of button cell mercuric-oxide batteries is prohibited altogether.
  • The two exceptions are mercuric oxide batteries and button cell batteries.
  • mercuric chloride is occasionally used to form an amalgam with metals, such as aluminium.
British Dictionary definitions for mercuric


of or containing mercury in the divalent state; denoting a mercury(II) compound
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Word Origin and History for mercuric

1828, in chemistry, from mercury + -ic.

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mercuric in Medicine

mercuric mer·cu·ric (mər-kyur'ĭk)
Relating to or containing mercury, especially with a valence of 2.

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mercuric in Science
Containing mercury, especially mercury with a valence of 2. Compare mercurous.
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