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