calomel

noun

cal·​o·​mel ˈka-lə-məl How to pronounce calomel (audio)
-ˌmel
: 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, 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, 12 Sep. 2019

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1676, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of calomel was in 1676

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Cite this Entry

“Calomel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/calomel. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

calomel

noun
cal·​o·​mel ˈkal-ə-məl How to pronounce calomel (audio)
-ˌmel
: a white tasteless chemical compound of mercury and chlorine that is used especially as a fungicide

Medical Definition

calomel

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