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mercuric sulfide

noun, Chemistry
a crystalline, water-insoluble, poisonous compound, HgS, occurring as a coarse, black powder (black mercuric sulfide) or as a fine, bright-scarlet powder (red mercuric sulfide) used chiefly as a pigment and as a source of the free metal. Unabridged
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  • Common mercuric compounds include mercuric oxide, mercuric chloride, mercuric sulfide and mercuric hydroxide.
  • Prior to treatment, sodium hydrosulfide is used to precipitate mercuric sulfide.

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