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[mer-kyoo r-uh s, mur-kyer-uh s]
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adjective Chemistry.
  1. containing univalent mercury, Hg+1 or Hg2+2.

Origin of mercurous

First recorded in 1860–65; mercur(y) + -ous
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  1. of or containing mercury in the monovalent state; denoting a mercury(I) compound. Mercurous salts contain the divalent ion Hg² 2 +
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mercurous in Medicine


([object Object])
  1. Relating to or containing mercury, especially with a valence of 1.
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mercurous in Science


[mər-kyurəs, mûrkyər-əs]
  1. Containing mercury, especially mercury with a valence of 1. Compare mercuric.
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