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(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)
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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|Noun||1.||mercurous chloride - a tasteless colorless powder used medicinally as a cathartic|
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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