Definition of mercuric in US English:

mercuric

adjective

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

    Compare with mercurous
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It would appear that most inorganic mercuric and mercurous salts do not provoke immune reactions.’
    • ‘But samples seized by police contained only mercury oxide, mercuric iodide, or mercury mixed with red dye-hardly materials of interest to weapons-makers.’
    • ‘Synthetic steroids, phenylbutazone, lead or mercuric sulphide can be added.’
    • ‘The zinc salt components mimic mercuric chlorides but without toxicity and are used in other modern fixatives to replace B5-type fixation.’
    • ‘The first eyeshadows used lead and antimony sulfide, and lips were reddened with mercuric sulfide, both highly toxic substances.’
    • ‘Funerary uses of vermillion, a form of mercuric sulfide, were common in China before they spread to western Japan.’
    • ‘Vermilion paint, made from mercuric sulphide, was then splashed onto the image's wrists, feet and body to represent blood.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For example, toxic materials such as lead, sulfuric acid, and mercuric sulfide were used.’
    • ‘Chloride was estimated on fresh material using the feric ammonium sulphate and mercuric thiocyanate colorimetric method according to Guerrier and Patolia.’
    • ‘However, in the intestine, small amounts are converted to the more soluble mercuric salts, which are absorbed, expressing its characteristic toxic effects.’
    • ‘The term ‘mad as a hatter’ comes from the use of mercuric nitrate which was used in the felting process of making hats.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The authors also thank their colleague for sending them the coordinates of mercuric ion reductase.’
    • ‘The others were chlorocresol, cresol, parabens, phenol, phenylethanol, phenyl mercuric salts and thimerosal;’
    • ‘This would be analogous to other flavoproteins such as mercuric ion reductase, lipoamide dehydrogenase, and thioredoxin reductase.’
    • ‘Transgenic yellow poplar plants overexpressing the bacterial gene encoding mercuric reductase were developed for the phytoremediation of mercury pollution.’

Pronunciation

mercuric

/mərˈkyo͝orik//mərˈkjʊrɪk/