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mercurous

of or containing mercury in the monovalent state; denoting a mercury(I) compound. Mercurous salts contain the divalent ion Hg22+

mercurous

[mər′kyu̇r·əs]
(inorganic chemistry)
Referring to mercury with a valence of 1; for example, mercurous chloride, Hg2Cl2, where the mercury is covalently bonded, as Cl‒Hg‒Hg‒Cl.
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Mercurous sulfide has been used historically as an effective antibiotic in eardrops.
Mercurous nitrate was used in curing felt for hats and the prolonged exposure to the vapors caused mercury poisoning.