Definition of mercuric in English:

mercuric

adjective

Chemistry
  • Of mercury with a valency of two; of mercury(II)

    ‘mercuric chloride’
    Compare with mercurous
    • ‘For example, toxic materials such as lead, sulfuric acid, and mercuric sulfide were used.’
    • ‘Cinnabar is heated in air until the mercuric sulfide of which it is made breaks down to yield pure mercury metal: HgS - heat Hg + S.’
    • ‘This would be analogous to other flavoproteins such as mercuric ion reductase, lipoamide dehydrogenase, and thioredoxin reductase.’
    • ‘Synthetic steroids, phenylbutazone, lead or mercuric sulphide can be added.’
    • ‘Then a French pharmacist named Pierre Bayen pointed out to Lavoisier that calx of mercury, which we would now call mercuric oxide, can be converted to mercury simply by heating, without the need for phlogiston-rich charcoal.’
    • ‘However, in the intestine, small amounts are converted to the more soluble mercuric salts, which are absorbed, expressing its characteristic toxic effects.’
    • ‘Mercury vapor in the gastrointestinal tract is converted to mercuric sulfide and excreted in the feces.’
    • ‘Zalups et al. have suggested that urinary mercury excretion is related positively to the degree of cellular damage during acute mercuric chloride-induced renal damage.’
    • ‘But samples seized by police contained only mercury oxide, mercuric iodide, or mercury mixed with red dye-hardly materials of interest to weapons-makers.’
    • ‘The others were chlorocresol, cresol, parabens, phenol, phenylethanol, phenyl mercuric salts and thimerosal;’
    • ‘During the Great Depression one enterprising young man sought to improve his lot by salvaging ‘quicksilver’ from cinnabar (HgS, mercuric sulfide) leftover from an old mining venture in the area.’
    • ‘Vermilion paint, made from mercuric sulphide, was then splashed onto the image's wrists, feet and body to represent blood.’
    • ‘It would appear that most inorganic mercuric and mercurous salts do not provoke immune reactions.’
    • ‘The zinc salt components mimic mercuric chlorides but without toxicity and are used in other modern fixatives to replace B5-type fixation.’
    • ‘The term ‘mad as a hatter’ comes from the use of mercuric nitrate which was used in the felting process of making hats.’
    • ‘Transgenic yellow poplar plants overexpressing the bacterial gene encoding mercuric reductase were developed for the phytoremediation of mercury pollution.’
    • ‘The first eyeshadows used lead and antimony sulfide, and lips were reddened with mercuric sulfide, both highly toxic substances.’
    • ‘Chloride was estimated on fresh material using the feric ammonium sulphate and mercuric thiocyanate colorimetric method according to Guerrier and Patolia.’
    • ‘Funerary uses of vermillion, a form of mercuric sulfide, were common in China before they spread to western Japan.’
    • ‘The authors also thank their colleague for sending them the coordinates of mercuric ion reductase.’

Pronunciation:

mercuric

/məːˈkjʊərɪk/