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A cream-colored crystalline powder, C9H9HgNaO2S, used as a local antiseptic for abrasions and minor cuts.


(Elements & Compounds) a creamy white crystalline compound of mercury, used in solution as an antiseptic. Formula: C9H9HgNaO2S
[C20: from thio- + mer(cury) + sal(icylate)]


(θaɪˈmɜr əˌsæl, -ˈmɛr-)

a crystalline, water-soluble powder, C9H9HgNaO2S, used as an antiseptic.
[1945–50; perhaps thi- + mer (cury) + -o- + sal (icylate)]
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Noun1.thimerosal - a light-colored crystalline powder (trade name Merthiolate) used as a surgical antiseptic
antiseptic - a substance that destroys micro-organisms that carry disease without harming body tissues
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Thompson's strong and statistically significant finding in his 2007 paper in the New England Journal of Medicine (3) that thimerosal exposure via infant vaccines causes tics in boys.
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He has promoted the idea of a link between thimerosal and autism.
These concerns are primarily due to the expansion of the infant immunization schedule and exposure to thimerosal, once used as a preservative in some vaccines.
Between 1999 and 2001, thimerosal was removed or reduced to trace amounts in all childhood vaccines except for some flu vaccines.
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