mercurous chloride


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mercurous chloride

n.
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mercurous chloride

n
(Elements & Compounds) a white tasteless insoluble powder used as a fungicide and formerly as a medical antiseptic, cathartic, and diuretic. Formula: Hg2Cl2. Systematic name: mercury(I) chloride Also called: calomel
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cal•o•mel

(ˈkæl əˌmɛl, -məl)

n.
a white, tasteless powder, Hg2Cl2, used chiefly as a purgative and fungicide. Also called mercurous chloride.
[1670–80; < New Latin calomelas]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mercurous chloride - a tasteless colorless powder used medicinally as a cathartic
black lotion, blackwash - a mixture of calomel and limewater that is used on syphilitic sores
atomic number 80, Hg, hydrargyrum, mercury, quicksilver - a heavy silvery toxic univalent and bivalent metallic element; the only metal that is liquid at ordinary temperatures
chloride - any compound containing a chlorine atom
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Mercury has been used by different names such as "mercurous chloride", calomel, mercuric, mercurio or mercury.
Inorganic mercury (often mercurous chloride) is used in some skin-lightening creams produced outside the United States because it inhibits melanin formation when absorbed by the skin (6).
"Calomel" was the curious name given to mercurous chloride, [Hg.sub.2][Cl.sub.2], the most common medicine of the era.