hydrargyrum

[ hahy-drahr-jer-uh m ]
/ haɪˈdrɑr dʒər əm /

noun


Nearby words

  1. hydranth,
  2. hydrarch,
  3. hydrargillite,
  4. hydrargyria,
  5. hydrargyrism,
  6. hydrarthrosis,
  7. hydrase,
  8. hydrastine,
  9. hydrastinine,
  10. hydrastis

Origin of hydrargyrum

1555–65; < New Latin, equivalent to Latin hydrargyr(us) (< Greek hydrárgyros mercury, equivalent to hydr- hydr-1 + árgyros silver) + -um, on model of aurum, etc.

Related formshy·drar·gyr·ic [hahy-drahr-jir-ik] /ˌhaɪ drɑrˈdʒɪr ɪk/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for hydrargyrum

hydrargyrum

/ (haɪˈdrɑːdʒɪrəm) /

noun

an obsolete name for mercury (def. 1)
Derived Formshydrargyric (ˌhaɪdrɑːˈdʒɪərɪk), adjective

Word Origin for hydrargyrum

C16: from New Latin, from Latin hydrargyrus from Greek hydrarguros, from hydro- + arguros silver

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Word Origin and History for hydrargyrum

hydrargyrum

n.

"mercury, quicksilver," 1560s, from Latin hydrargyrus, from Greek hydrargyros, from hydr-, stem of hydor "water" (see water (n.1)) + argyros "silver" (see argent). Hence the chemical abbreviation Hg for the element mercury.

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Medicine definitions for hydrargyrum

hydrargyrum

[ hī-drärjə-rəm ]

n.

mercury

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