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calomel

  

      n   a colourless tasteless powder consisting chiefly of mercurous chloride, used medicinally, esp. as a cathartic. Formula: Hg2Cl2  
     (C17: perhaps from New Latin calomelas (unattested), literally: beautiful black (perhaps so named because it was originally sublimed from a black mixture of mercury and mercuric chloride), from Greek kalos beautiful + melas black)  
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mercurous chloride  
      n   a white tasteless insoluble powder used as a fungicide and formerly as a medical antiseptic, cathartic, and diuretic. Formula: Hg2Cl2,   (Systematic name)    mercury(I) chloride     (Also called)    calomel         


calomel         
      n   a colourless tasteless powder consisting chiefly of mercurous chloride, used medicinally, esp. as a cathartic. Formula: Hg2Cl2  
     (C17: perhaps from New Latin calomelas (unattested), literally: beautiful black (perhaps so named because it was originally sublimed from a black mixture of mercury and mercuric chloride), from Greek kalos beautiful + melas black)  

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