Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Relating to or containing mercury, especially with a valence of 2.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Pertaining to or derived from mercury.
  • adj. Specifically (of a compound), containing mercury with an oxidation number of 2.
  • adj. Mercurial (of people).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or derived from, mercury; containing mercury; -- said of those compounds of mercury into which this element enters in its lowest proportion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Related to or containing mercury.
  • In chem., specifically applied to compounds in which each atom of mercury is regarded as bivalent: as, mercuric chlorid, HgCl2.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or containing mercury

Etymologies

From mercury +‎ -ic, partly after French mercurique. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Inorganic mercury salts, such as mercuric chloride, do not enter the brain as readily as methylmercury or metallic mercury vapor.

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  • Inorganic ingestion such as mercuric chloride should be approached as the ingestion of any other serious caustic.

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  • If there is pitting on the bolt face, it may indicate the use of mercuric primers, which required (but did not guarantee) good bore maintenance.

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  • In 1918 he found the thesis of Julius Arthur Nieuwland at Maloney Hall, a chemical laboratory at The Catholic University of America, Washington DC in which Nieuwland detailed the synthesis by the combination of allowing arsenic trichloride to react with acetylene in the presence of a hydrochloric acid solution of mercuric chloride.

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  • This led to the idea that internal administration of mercuric chloride -- a much more toxic form than elemental mercury or quicksilver -- would be even better, first by drinking and then by injecting it.

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  • It was the windows here, outside the lab, that Priestley used to capture sunlight with a large burning glass, which he focussed on mercuric oxide and produced a gas with strange properties like re-lighting glowing spills and keeping mice alive.

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  • I would remind believers that the Shroud of Turin does not show substantial traces of iron oxide or mercuric sulfide today because the paint pigments on the original Shroud faded away over the centuries.

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  • The primary paint I used was an iron oxide formula commonly known as red ochre, which I supplemented for detailed painting with a mercuric sulfide mixture known in the Middle Ages as vermilion.

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  • Felt hat workers exposed to mercuric nitrate were observed to exhibit emotional symptoms including sudden anger, depression, loss of memory, timidity, insomnia, irritability, hallucinations, delusions and mania, a condition referred to as "mad hatter syndrome."

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  • Title II phases out the use of alkaline-manganese and zinc-carbon batteries containing intentionally added mercury and button cell mercuric-oxide batteries.

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