thimerosal

[thahy-mur-uh-sal, -mer-]

Origin of thimerosal

1945–50; perhaps thi- + mer(cury) + -o- + sal(icylate)
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Contemporary Examples of thimerosal

  • One of the ingredients in thimerosal is mercury, a known toxin.

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  • In fact, several of the studies found that children who received vaccines with thimerosal were less likely to develop autism.

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  • Clearly, something other than thimerosal is to blame for this troubling trend.

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  • Thimerosal was dropped as a preservative in MMR vaccines in 1999, but since then autism rates have skyrocketed.

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  • This was enough for all the major medical and health associations to announce that thimerosal had no connection to autism.

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British Dictionary definitions for thimerosal

thimerosal

noun
  1. a creamy white crystalline compound of mercury, used in solution as an antiseptic. Formula: C 9 H 9 HgNaO 2 S

Word Origin for thimerosal

C20: from thio- + mer (cury) + sal (icylate)
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thimerosal in Medicine

thimerosal

[thī-mĕrə-săl′]
n.
  1. A mercury-based crystalline powder with antibacterial and antifungal properties, used as a local antiseptic and preservative in vaccines and other drugs.
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