Two of the most important ionic mercury compounds are mercury (II) chloride, also known as mercuric bichloride and mercury perchloride, and mercury (II) sulfate, which is sometimes called mercuric sulfate. This advisory is primarily concerned with the toxic effects of such ionic compounds, but it is metallic mercury that has the most uses. Metallic mercury is used as a cathode in the electrolytic preparation of chlorine and caustic soda; it is also used in electrical apparatuses, dental amalgams, and catalysts, and in pulp and paper manufacture. The properties of mercury, mercury (II) chloride, and mercury (II) sulfate are given in Tables 1, 2, and 3, respectively.


Mercuric Chloride Inorganic Mercury Dental Amalgam Organic Mercury Mercuric Acetate 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • George W. Ware
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  1. 1.College of AgricultureUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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