mercurous chloride


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mercurous chloride

n.

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

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]
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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Calomel" was the curious name given to mercurous chloride, [Hg.
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Studies on heavy metal halides showed that mercurous chloride single crystals could be grown of a size and perfection suitable for prism polarizers with transmission to at least 16 [mu]m (53).