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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.

Mercuric chloride, corrosive sublimate. See mercury bichloride and Corrosive.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1828, in chemistry, from mercury + -ic.


a. 1 (context obsolete chemistry English) Pertaining to or derived from mercury. 2 (context chemistry English) Specifically (of a compound), containing mercury with an oxidation number of 2. 3 (context rare English) mercurial (of people).


adj. of or containing mercury [syn: mercurous]

Usage examples of "mercuric".

Despite common belief, it is demonstrable that a combination of arsenic and mercuric salts does not increase in toxicity as the poison is recovered from the vomitus of one victim to the next.

It looked to us as if the mercuric burrowed his way up into the ice, deliberately.

After waiting eight to ten days, one will see that the mercuric oxide has reacted with the ammonia solution to produce the white fulminate crystals.

The formulas are beyond counting, but they all contain the common ingredient of cinnabar, and cinnabar is simply mercuric sulphide.

It disappeared inside, making some linkage that helped the boy achieve a more intimate bond with Sun than could he had solely through his mutated hands and mercuric eyes.

They move along the tunnel, their mercuric lights Xing and separating and forming jagged angles, colored faintly pink.

If Raunchy had become mercuric sulfide, Hellfire was closer to fulminate of mercury: handle with extreme caution.

What passes for air on Venus has layers of red mercuric sulfide and mercurous chloride in the lower reaches, and when you get above them to those pretty fluffy clouds tourists see on the way down, you find that some of them are droplets of sulfuric and hydrochloric and hydrofluoric acid.

We still had a problem with the sulfur needed, and were importing it from Hungary in the form of cinnabar, mercuric sulfide.

Part of its design was obviously enameled with orange-red mercuric sulfide: cinnabar.

It was of formed crystal brightly enameled with orange-red mercuric sulfide: cinnabar.

Like the Cotton-seed oils, it forms more or less elaidin on treatment with nitrous acid or mercuric nitrate, but does not become wholly solidified.