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 (mər-kyo͝or′əs, mûr′kyər-əs)
Relating to or containing mercury, especially with a valence of 1.


(Elements & Compounds) of or containing mercury in the monovalent state; denoting a mercury(I) compound. Mercurous salts contain the divalent ion Hg22+


(mərˈkyʊər əs, ˈmɜr kyər əs)

of or containing univalent mercury.
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Adj.1.mercurous - of or containing mercurymercurous - of or containing mercury    
chemical science, chemistry - the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions
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Inorganic mercury exists as mercury salts such as mercurous chloride (Calomel).
The most likely reason for linking hat makers with madness is that hatters used a highly toxic chemical - mercurous nitrate - in the making of felt hats.
In the 19th century, the hat-making profession was dogged by mental illness caused by the use of the toxic chemical mercurous nitrate.