Share this entry

thiomersal Line breaks: thio|mer¦sal
Pronunciation: /ˌθʌɪə(ʊ)ˈməːs(ə)l/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

Definition of thiomersal in English:

noun

[mass noun]
A compound able to inhibit the growth of bacteria and other microorganisms, used as a medical disinfectant and preservative for biological products.
  • Chemical formula: C9H9O2SHgNa

Origin

1950s; from thio- + mer(cury) + sal(icylate).

Definition of thiomersal in:

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.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day luxe
Pronunciation: ləks
adjective
expensive and of high quality; luxurious