methylmercury

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noun meth·yl·mer·cury \ˌme-thəl-ˈmər-kyə-rē, -ˈmər-k(ə-)rē\

Definition of methylmercury

  1. :  any of various toxic compounds of mercury containing the complex CH3Hg− that often occur as pollutants which accumulate in living organisms (such as fish) especially in higher levels of a food chain

First Known Use of methylmercury

1915


Medical Dictionary

methylmercury

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noun meth·yl·mer·cury \ˌmeth-əl-ˈmər-kyə-rē, British also ˌmē-ˌthīl-\

Medical Definition of methylmercury

plural

methylmercuries

  1. :  any of various toxic compounds of mercury containing the complex CH3Hg− that often occur as pollutants formed as industrial by-products or pesticide residues, tend to accumulate in living organisms (as fish) especially in higher levels of a food chain, are rapidly and easily absorbed through the human intestinal wall, and cause neurological dysfunction in humans—see minamata disease


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