calomel

noun cal·o·mel \ 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 and Etymology of calomel

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


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calomel

noun cal·o·mel \ ˈkal-ə-məl, -ˌmel \

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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