mercuric oxide


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mercuric oxide

[mər′kyu̇r·ik ′äk‚sīd]
(inorganic chemistry)
HgO A compound of mercury that exists in two forms, red mercuric oxide and yellow mercuric oxide; the red form decomposes upon heating, is insoluble in water, and is used in pigments and paints, and in ceramics; the yellow form is insoluble in water, decomposes upon heating, and is used in medicine. Also known as mercury oxide; red precipitate; yellow precipitate.
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