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mercurial

Pronunciation: /mɜːrˈkjʊriəl; mɜːˈkjʊəriəl/

Translation of mercurial in Spanish:

adjective/adjetivo

  • 1 [person/temperament] voluble, volátil; [wit] vivo
    Example sentences
    • Nor does she depict adolescence as a period of mental instability, characterized by mercurial moods and impulsive, self-gratifying actions.
    • He grinned briefly in a mercurial change of mood.
    • The mercurial singer-songwriter's mood is as unpredictable as Halifax weather and each night's performance lives and dies on which attitude the capricious star brings to the rink.
  • 2 [Chemistry/Química] [Pharmacology/Farmacología] (before noun/delante del nombre) [compound/preparation] mercúrico, mercurial
    Example sentences
    • The mercurial bromide was re-extracted and analyzed by capillary gas chromatography/electron capture detector, using an internal standard for quantification.
    • These mercurial chemicals are never taken lightly.
    • Brownish-black may indicate chronic mercurial poisoning caused by the formation of sulfide of mercury in the tissues.

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