Definition of mercuric in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /mərˈkyo͝orik/


Of mercury with a valence of two; of mercury(II). Compare with mercurous.
Example sentences
  • For example, toxic materials such as lead, sulfuric acid, and mercuric sulfide were used.
  • Chloride was estimated on fresh material using the feric ammonium sulphate and mercuric thiocyanate colorimetric method according to Guerrier and Patolia.
  • Then a French pharmacist named Pierre Bayen pointed out to Lavoisier that calx of mercury, which we would now call mercuric oxide, can be converted to mercury simply by heating, without the need for phlogiston-rich charcoal.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: mer·cu·ric

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.