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mercury fulminate

noun, Chemistry
a gray, crystalline solid, Hg(CNO) 2 , used chiefly in the manufacture of commercial and military detonators.
Also called fulminate of mercury.
Origin of mercury fulminate
1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It is a more powerful explosive than mercury fulminate, and has been used instead, in the manufacture of detonators.

  • Chemistry advances, like the isolation of mercury fulminate in 1800, led to the invention of the percussion cap and other primers.

  • mercury fulminate is more often employed in the detonator, and is prepared from mercury, alcohol, and nitric acid.

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