[mer-kyoo r-ik] /mərˈkyʊər ɪk/

adjective, Chemistry.
of or containing , especially in the bivalent state.
of or containing mercury in the divalent state; denoting a mercury(II) compound

1828, in chemistry, from mercury + -ic.

mercuric mer·cu·ric (mər-kyur’ĭk)
Relating to or containing mercury, especially with a valence of 2.
Containing mercury, especially mercury with a valence of 2. Compare mercurous.


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