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mercuric sulfide[mər′kyu̇r·ik ′səl‚fīd]
The black variety is a poisonous powder; insoluble in water, alcohol, and nitric acid, soluble in sodium sulfide solution; sublimes at 583°C; used as a pigment. Also known as black mercury sulfide; ethiops mineral.
The red variety is a poisonous powder; insoluble in water and alcohol; sublimes at 446°C; used as a medicine and pigment. Also known as Chinese vermilion; quicksilver vermilion; red mercury sulfide; vermilion.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.