[mer-kyoo r-ee-uh l] /mərˈkyʊər i əl/
changeable; volatile; fickle; flighty; erratic:
a mercurial nature.
animated; lively; sprightly; quick-witted.
pertaining to, containing, or caused by the metal .
(initial capital letter) of or relating to the god Mercury.
(initial capital letter) of or relating to the planet Mercury.
Pharmacology. a preparation of used as a drug.
of, like, containing, or relating to mercury
volatile; lively: a mercurial temperament
(sometimes capital) of, like, or relating to the god or the planet Mercury
(med) any salt of mercury for use as a medicine
late 14c., “pertaining to the planet Mercury” (see Mercury). Meaning “sprightly, volatile, quick” (1590s) is from supposed qualities of those born under the planet Mercury (they also are the qualities of the god Mercury), probably also partly by association with the qualities of quicksilver. A variant in this sense was mercurious (1590s). Related: Mercurially; mercuriality.
mercurial mer·cu·ri·al (mər-kyur’ē-əl)
Containing or caused by the action of the element mercury. n.
A pharmacological or chemical preparation containing mercury.
noun 1. .
[mer-kyoo r-ee-uh-liz-uh m] /mərˈkyʊər i əˌlɪz əm/ noun, Pathology. 1. poisoning by mercury. /mɜːˈkjʊərɪəˌlɪzəm/ noun 1. poisoning caused by chronic ingestion of mercury mercurialism mer·cu·ri·al·ism (mər-kyur’ē-ə-lĭz’əm) n. See mercury poisoning.
[mer-kyoo r-ee-uh-lahyz] /mərˈkyʊər i əˌlaɪz/ verb (used with object), mercurialized, mercurializing. 1. to make , especially in temperament. 2. to treat or impregnate with or one of its compounds. /mɜːˈkjʊərɪəˌlaɪz/ verb (transitive) 1. to make mercurial 2. to treat with mercury or a mercury compound
[mer-kyoo r-ik] /mərˈkyʊər ɪk/ adjective, Chemistry. 1. of or containing , especially in the bivalent state. /mɜːˈkjʊərɪk/ adjective 1. of or containing mercury in the divalent state; denoting a mercury(II) compound adj. 1828, in chemistry, from mercury + -ic. mercuric mer·cu·ric (mər-kyur’ĭk) adj. Relating to or containing mercury, especially with a valence of 2. mercuric […]