One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The sodium salt of a mercury-containing derivative of salicylamide, formerly used (often in combination with theophylline) to treat oedema, owing to its powerful diuretic properties; C₁₃H₁₆HgNNaO₆.
1930s; earliest use found in British Pharmacopoeia 1932. From mer- + sal- + -yl.
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