mercurous

adjective

: of, relating to, or containing mercury
especially : containing mercury with a valence of one

Examples of mercurous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Throughout the 19th century, before industrial safety standards, hatmakers used mercurous nitrate, a form of mercury, to cure the felt used in hats. Avery Hurt, Discover Magazine, 19 Oct. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1858, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mercurous was in 1858

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“Mercurous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mercurous. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

mercurous

adjective
: of, relating to, or containing mercury
especially : containing mercury with a valence of one
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