methyl-mercury

methylmercury

[meth-uhl-mur-kyuh-ree]
noun Chemistry.
any of several extremely toxic organometallic compounds, Hg(CH 3 ) 2 , formed from metallic mercury by the action of microorganisms and capable of entering the food chain: used as seed disinfectants.

Origin:
1915–20; methyl + mercury

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