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

  • adj. Relating to or containing mercury, especially with a valence of 1.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Pertaining to or derived from mercury.
  • adj. Of a compound, containing mercury with an oxidation number of 1.

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 in which it is present in its highest proportion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Related to or containing mercury.
  • In chem., specifically applied to compounds in which two atoms of mercury are regarded as forming a bivalent radical: as, mercurous chlorid, Hg2Cl2.

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

  • adj. of or containing mercury


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  • Certain mercurous seafoods have joined their uncooked cousins on cautionary lists.

    Beth Kohl: The Downside of Prenatal Information

  • In the past, mercurous chloride was widely used in medicinal products such as laxatives, worming medications, and teething powders.

    Public Health Statement for Mercury

  • Children who had been exposed to excessive amounts of mercurous chloride tablets for worms or mercurous chloride-containing powders for teething discomfort had increased heart rates and elevated blood pressure.

    Public Health Statement for Mercury

  • You may also be exposed to mercury from swallowing or applying to your skin outdated medicinal products (laxatives, worming medications, and teething powders) that contain mercurous chloride.

    Public Health Statement for Mercury

  • Inorganic mercury compounds like mercurous chloride and mercuric chloride are white powders and do not generally vaporize at room temperatures like elemental mercury will.

    Public Health Statement for Mercury

  • Other symptoms of poisonings in children who were treated with mercurous chloride for constipation, worms, or teething discomfort included swollen red gums, excessive salivation, weight loss, diarrhea and/or abdominal pain, and muscle twitching or cramping in the legs and/or arms.

    Public Health Statement for Mercury

  • In the past, mercurous chloride was widely used in medicinal products including laxatives, worming medications, and teething powders.


  • GUPTA: Then there was callamil (ph), actually toxic mercurous chloride taken by President Lincoln, and others, as a laxative.

    CNN Transcript Oct 12, 2008

  • They felt a fondness for their future dead selves, the specter laid down in the mercurous grain.

    The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre

  • It is not known where the calomel (mercurous chloride) and some of the other harsher ingredients were used -- certainly not in the Indian Root

    History of the Comstock Patent Medicine Business and Dr. Morse's Indian Root Pills


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