mercurialism


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mer·cu·ri·al·ism

 (mər-kyo͝or′ē-ə-lĭz′əm)
n.
Poisoning caused by mercury or a compound containing mercury.
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mercurialism

(mɜːˈkjʊərɪəˌlɪzəm)
n
(Pathology) poisoning caused by chronic ingestion of mercury
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mercurialism

chronic poisoning with mercury from either excessive medication or industrial exposure.
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Subsequently he developed an organic psycho syndrome without detectable signs of classical mercurialism. He never returned to work again and died of lung cancer in 1990.
Roman physicians recognized industrial poisoning with Hg and its derivatives (mercurialism) as the 'disease of the slaves,' because it was common among slaves working in the Spanish cinnabar mines of Almaden.
Chronic (long-term exposure): Inhalation (breathing it in, as from fillings) of mercury vapors causes mercurialism. Findings are extremely variable and include tremors (shakes), salivation (excess saliva), stomatitis (inflammation of the mouth), loosening of the teeth, blue lines on the gums (tattoos), pain and numbness in the extremities (multiple sclerosis symptoms), nephritis (inflammation of the kidney), diarrhea, anxiety, headache, weight loss, anorexia, mental depression, insomnia (sleeplessness), irritability, instability, hallucinations, and evidence of mental deterioration (Alzheimer-like symptoms).