[mer-kyoo r-ik]

adjective Chemistry.

of or containing mercury, especially in the bivalent state.

Origin of mercuric

First recorded in 1820–30; mercur(y) + -ic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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of or containing mercury in the divalent state; denoting a mercury(II) compound
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Word Origin and History for mercuric

1828, in chemistry, from mercury + -ic.

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mercuric in Medicine




Relating to or containing mercury, especially with a valence of 2.
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mercuric in Science



Containing mercury, especially mercury with a valence of 2. Compare mercurous.
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