mercuric chloride definition

  • noun:
    • A poisonous white crystalline chemical, HgCl2, utilized as an antiseptic and a disinfectant, in insecticides, preservatives, and batteries, plus metallurgy and photography. Also called corrosive sublimate.
    • The salt of mercury and hydrochloric acid, HgCl2
    • corrosive sublimate.
    • a white poisonous soluble crystalline sublimate of mercury; used as a pesticide or antiseptic or wood preservative
  • adjective:
    • corrosive sublimate. See mercury bichloride and Corrosive.

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