methylmercury

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di·meth·yl·mer·cu·ry

(dī-meth'il-mĕr'kyū-rē),
A contaminant of seafood products synthesized in sediments from mercury and mercury-containing chemicals dumped in waters supporting marine life. Methylmercury is concentrated in aquatic life forms and can thus be deposited in fish intended for human consumption. Probable cause of Minamata disease, a teratogenic condition characterized by multiple birth defects in Japan. An inorganic reagent.
See also: Minamata disease.
Synonym(s): methylmercury

methylmercury

An inorganic mercury industrial pollutant. It is concentrated up the food chain, is teratogenic, and causes severe CNS defects in children whose mothers consumed methylmercury-contaminated seafood while pregnant.

methylmercury

Dimethyl mercury Toxicology An inorganic mercury industrial pollutant; it is concentrated up the food chain, teratogenic and causes severe CNS defects in children whose mothers consumed MM-contaminated seafood while pregnant. See Mercury, Minamata disease.

methylmercury

, methyl mercury (me-thil-mer'ku-re)
An organic mercury compound produced from inorganic mercury by the addition of a methyl group (CH3) by marine and soil bacteria. This compound is readily taken up by plankton, which are then consumed by marine invertebrates, and subsequently by marine predators, in which it concentrates. Finally, it can enter the human body when people eat fish having high concentrations of the compound, such as salmon or halibut (among others). It can also be absorbed into the body through the skin and respiratory tract. Methylmercury is neurotoxic to humans, esp. children. See: mercury poisoningMinamata disease