mercuric bichloride
Corrosive Cor*ro"sive (k?r-r?"s?v), a. [Cf. F. corrosif.] 1. Eating away; having the power of gradually wearing, changing, or destroying the texture or substance of a body; as, the corrosive action of an acid. ``Corrosive liquors.'' --Grew. ``Corrosive famine.'' --Thomson. [1913 Webster]

2. Having the quality of fretting or vexing. [1913 Webster]

Care is no cure, but corrosive. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Corrosive sublimate} (Chem.), mercuric chloride, {HgCl2}; so called because obtained by sublimation, and because of its harsh irritating action on the body tissue. Usually it is in the form of a heavy, transparent, crystalline substance, easily soluble, and of an acrid, burning taste. It is a virulent poison, a powerful antiseptic, and an excellent antisyphilitic; called also {mercuric bichloride}. It is to be carefully distinguished from calomel, the mild chloride of mercury. [1913 Webster]


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  • Bichloride — Bi*chlo ride, n. [Pref. bi + chloride.] (Chem.) A compound consisting of two atoms of chlorine with one or more atoms of another element; called also {dichloride}. [1913 Webster] {Bichloride of mercury}, mercuric chloride; sometimes called… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bichloride of mercury — Bichloride Bi*chlo ride, n. [Pref. bi + chloride.] (Chem.) A compound consisting of two atoms of chlorine with one or more atoms of another element; called also {dichloride}. [1913 Webster] {Bichloride of mercury}, mercuric chloride; sometimes… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mercuric — Mer*cu ric, a. (Chem.) Of, pertaining to, or derived from, mercury; containing mercury; said of those compounds of mercury into which this element enters in its lowest proportion. [1913 Webster] {Mercuric chloride}, corrosive sublimate. See… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mercuric chloride — Mercuric Mer*cu ric, a. (Chem.) Of, pertaining to, or derived from, mercury; containing mercury; said of those compounds of mercury into which this element enters in its lowest proportion. [1913 Webster] {Mercuric chloride}, corrosive sublimate.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bichloride of mercury — n MERCURIC CHLORIDE …   Medical dictionary

  • bichloride — [bī klôr′īd΄] n. 1. a binary compound containing two atoms of chlorine for each atom of another element; dichloride 2. MERCURIC CHLORIDE …   English World dictionary

  • bichloride of mercury — n. MERCURIC CHLORIDE …   English World dictionary

  • mercuric chloride — A topical antiseptic and disinfectant for inanimate objects. SYN: corrosive sublimate, mercury bichloride, mercury perchloride, corrosive mercury chloride. ammoniated m. SYN: ammoniated mercury. * * * mercuric chloride n …   Medical dictionary

  • bichloride of mercury — noun a white poisonous soluble crystalline sublimate of mercury; used as a pesticide or antiseptic or wood preservative • Syn: ↑mercuric chloride, ↑mercury chloride, ↑corrosive sublimate • Hypernyms: ↑sublimate * * * noun see bic …   Useful english dictionary

  • mercuric chloride — mercury bichloride mercury bichloride n. the compound ({HgCl2}) consisting of two atoms of chlorine united with one atom of mercury. Also called {bichloride of mercury}, {mercuric chloride}, {corrosive sublimate}, and {mercury perchloride}. It is …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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