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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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Since mercurous mercury compounds are less soluble they tend to be less toxic than mercuric salts.
Inorganic mercury, which is both toxic and corrosive, exists in two oxidation states - mercurous and mercuric.
DMPS (2, 3-dimercaptopropane-1-sulfonate, dimaval) decreases the body burden of mercury in humans exposed to mercurous chloride, " Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, vol.
Mercurous nitrate was used in curing felt for hats and the prolonged exposure to the vapors caused mercury poisoning.
Mercury occurs in three valence states: elemental mercury (also known as metallic mercury, Hg0), mono-valent mercurous (Hg+), and the divalent mercuric (Hg++).