a white, crystalline, water-soluble, strongly acrid, highly poisonous solid, HgCl2, prepared by sublimation of chlorine with mercury, and used chiefly as an antiseptic.
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
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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Medicine definitions for mercuric chloride
A poisonous white crystalline compound used as an antiseptic and a disinfectant.
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