phenylmercuric acetate

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phen·yl·mer·cu·ric ac·e·tate

(fen'il-mĕr-kyū'rik as'ĕ-tāt),
A bacteriostatic preservative, fungicide, and herbicide (especially for crabgrass).

phenylmercuric acetate

A bacteriostatic agent that also acts as a fungicide and herbicide.


denoting a compound containing the radical C6H5Hg−, forming various antiseptic, antibacterial and fungicidal salts; compounds of the acetate and nitrate salts are used as bacteriostatics, and the former is also used as a herbicide.

phenylmercuric acetate
used as a bacteriostatic preservative in pharmaceutical preparations, as a topical fungistatic agent, and as a herbicide.
phenylmercuric chloride
used as a bacteriostat in pharmaceuticals.
phenylmercuric nitrate
used as a bacterial preservative in pharmaceutical preparations, and as a topical antiseptic.
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Samples can be stored over long periods under suitable conditions; extracts obtained with the previously described solution of potassium chloride and phenylmercuric acetate can be stored for at least 3 weeks (Douglas and Bremner 1970a).
Furthermore, as described in the previous section, phenylmercuric acetate is often added to plant and soil extracts before analysis to reduce the breakdown of urea by endogenous urease (Douglas and Bremner 1970a; Kyllingsbaek 1975).
Onken and Sunderman (1977) adopted this and other spectrophotometric procedures for the determination of ammonium, nitrite, nitrate, and urea in soil samples extracted with a sodium sulfate solution containing phenylmercuric acetate.
The specific paint brand used by the boy's family contained phenylmercuric acetate at levels about 2.
Editorial Note: Phenylmercuric acetate is routinely added by some paint manufacturers to interior latex (water-based) paint as a fungicide and bactericide to prolong the paint's shelf-life.
Soberman contends that the form of mercury used in Ultra Latex, phenylmercuric acetate, is not toxic and does not evaporate, so it cannot get into people's lungs.