calomel

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cal·o·mel

noun \ˈka-lə-məl, -ˌmel\

Definition of CALOMEL

:  a white tasteless compound Hg2Cl2 used especially as a component of laboratory electrodes, as a fungicide, and formerly in medicine as a purgative —called also mercurous chloride

Origin of CALOMEL

probably from New Latin *calomelas, from Greek kalos beautiful + melas black — more at melan-
First Known Use: 1676

cal·o·mel

noun \ˈkal-ə-məl, -ˌmel\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CALOMEL

: a white tasteless compound Hg2Cl2 used especially as a fungicide and insecticide and formerly in medicine as a purgative—called also mercurous chloride

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