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thimerosal

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

noun

, Pharmacology.
  1. a cream-colored, crystalline, water-soluble powder, C 9 H 9 HgNaO 2 S, used chiefly as an antiseptic.


thimerosal

/ θaɪˈmɛrəˌsæl /

noun

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of thimerosal1

1945–50; perhaps thi- + mer(cury) + -o- + sal(icylate)

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Word History and Origins

Origin of thimerosal1

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

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Example Sentences

There were no studies showing ANY ill effects from thimerosal, but the government told vaccine-makers to stop including it in certain vaccines for fear that parents would stop vaccinating kids.

Sure, I can counsel concerned parents that none of the childhood vaccines I will be administering contain thimerosal.

The possible link between thimerosal and autism has been investigated and found not to exist in study after study after study.

There are always common-sense precautions to take when getting vaccinated, such as requesting a Thimerosal-free version.

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

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

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