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noun Chemistry.

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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Also called bichloride of mercury, mercury bichloride.

Origin of mercuric chloride

First recorded in 1870–75
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mercuric chloride

noun

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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Medical definitions for mercuric chloride

mercuric chloride

n.

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