mercury

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(mĕr′kyŭ-rē )

[L. Mercurius, a Roman god]
SYMB: Hg A metallic element, atomic weight (mass) 201, atomic number 80. Mercury is a silvery liquid at room temperature. It forms two series of salts: mercurous, in which it has a valence of one (univalent), and mercuric, in which it has a valence of two (divalent).
SEE: dental amalgam
Descriptive text is not available for this imageMercury is insoluble in ordinary solvents but soluble in hydrochloric acid on boiling. Boiling releases irritating, highly toxic fumes into the air.

CAS # 7439-97-6

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