- of or containing mercury, especially in the bivalent state.
Origin of mercuric
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Write equations for the preparation of mercuric and mercurous iodides.
Contrast the action of heat on cupric nitrate and mercuric nitrate.
Should ether be employed for this purpose, hydrochloric acid or the acid solution of mercuric nitrate would be selected of course.
Here, again, the mercuric chloride is sometimes equally valuable.
Mercuric chloride and potassic ferrocyanide failed to produce this effect.
- of or containing mercury in the divalent state; denoting a mercury(II) compound
Word Origin and History for mercuric
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- Relating to or containing mercury, especially with a valence of 2.
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- Containing mercury, especially mercury with a valence of 2. Compare mercurous.
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