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mercuric chloride

noun Chemistry.
  1. a white, crystalline, water-soluble, strongly acrid, highly poisonous solid, HgCl2, prepared by sublimation of chlorine with mercury, and used chiefly as an antiseptic.
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Origin of mercuric chloride

First recorded in 1870–75
Also called bichloride of mercury, mercury bichloride.
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British Dictionary definitions for mercuric chloride

mercuric chloride

  1. a white poisonous soluble crystalline substance used as a pesticide, antiseptic, and preservative for wood. Formula: HgCl 2Systematic name: mercury(II) chloride Also called: bichloride of mercury, corrosive sublimate
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mercuric chloride in Medicine

mercuric chloride

  1. A poisonous white crystalline compound used as an antiseptic and a disinfectant.
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