mercury fulminate

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:
1900–05

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mercury fulminate

noun
a fulminate that when dry explodes violently if struck or heated; used in detonators and blasting caps and percussion caps 
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