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Definition of "mercurous" []

  • Relating to or containing mercury, especially with a valence of 1. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "mercurous" in a sentence
  • "Certain mercurous seafoods have joined their uncooked cousins on cautionary lists."
  • "In the past, mercurous chloride was widely used in medicinal products such as laxatives, worming medications, and teething powders."
  • "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."