mercuric

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From mercury +‎ -ic, partly after French mercurique.

AdjectiveEdit

mercuric (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete, chemistry) Pertaining to or derived from mercury.
  2. (chemistry) Specifically (of a compound), containing mercury with an oxidation number of 2.
  3. (rare) Mercurial (of people).
    • 1978, Lawrence Durrell, Livia, Faber & Faber 1992 (Avignon Quintet), p. 326:
      I was the least mercuric, the most sedentary of the three, and my poor eyesight made me an indifferent athlete, though I fenced well and even got my blue for it.

SynonymsEdit

  • (pertaining to or derived from mercury): mercurous

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Last modified on 19 November 2013, at 17:41