calomel

noun
cal·​o·​mel | \ ˈka-lə-məl How to pronounce calomel (audio) , -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

Examples of calomel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In California alone, there have been over 60 poisonings in the last nine years linked to foreign-brand, unlabeled or homemade skin creams that contained a less toxic form of mercury, mercurous chloride or calomel, the statement said. NBC News, "California woman in semi-comatose state due to mercury poisoning from Mexican skin cream," 12 Sep. 2019 Over the last nine years, there have been over 60 poisonings linked to a foreign brand, unlabeled, or homemade skin creams that contained toxic chemicals like mercury, mercurous chloride or calomel in California. Char Adams, PEOPLE.com, "California Woman in a Coma After Using Face Cream Laced with Mercury: It's 'Extremely Dangerous'," 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of calomel

1676, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for calomel

probably from New Latin *calomelas, from Greek kalos beautiful + melas black — more at melano-

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“Calomel.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/calomel. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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calomel

noun
cal·​o·​mel | \ ˈkal-ə-məl, -ˌmel How to pronounce calomel (audio) \

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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