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mercurial +‎ -ize

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mercurialize (third-person singular simple present mercurializes, present participle mercurializing, simple past and past participle mercurialized)

  1. (chemistry, transitive) To treat with mercury (the metal).
  2. (obsolete, medicine) To treat with a mercury ointment
  3. (obsolete, intransitive) To be sprightly, fantastic, or capricious.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for mercurialize in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)