mercuric-chloride

mercuric chloride

noun Chemistry.
a white, crystalline, water-soluble, strongly acrid, highly poisonous solid, HgCl 2 , prepared by sublimation of chlorine with mercury, and used chiefly as an antiseptic.
Also called bichloride of mercury, mercury bichloride.


Origin:
1870–75

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mercuric chloride
 
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Systematic name: mercury(II) chloride, bichloride of mercury, Also called: corrosive sublimate a white poisonous soluble crystalline substance used as a pesticide, antiseptic, and preservative for wood. Formula: HgCl2

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mercuric chloride n.
A poisonous white crystalline compound used as an antiseptic and a disinfectant.

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