Definition of thiomersal in English:

thiomersal

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

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.
More example sentences
  • This was strengthened a few weeks ago when US researchers suggested a mercury-based preservative, thiomersal used in the vaccine for whooping cough could be linked to the development of the condition.
  • We are told that the mercury-based preservative thiomersal will no longer be used in the whooping cough vaccine ‘as part of a worldwide aim of reducing exposure to the element.’
  • The removal of the mercury-based preservative, thiomersal, comes weeks after researchers in the US suggested that it could be linked to the development of autism.

Origin

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

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day rebuff
Pronunciation: rəˈbəf
verb
reject (someone or something) in an abrupt manner…