dimethylmercury

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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

dimethylmercury

(di-meth-il-mer'ku-re)
An exceptionally toxic form of mercury that may cause disease and death even after minute exposures. It is readily absorbed through the skin and respiratory tract.
See: mercury poisoning
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The chemical species that matter are various complexes of the mercuric ion with different organic and inorganic legends, methyl mercury, dimethyl mercury and elemental mercury.
The most important species is dimethyl mercury due to its high toxicity and ability to accumulate up the food chain.
In the August ATMOSPHERIC ENVIRONMENT, they report finding some 50 nanograms of dimethyl mercury per cubic meter of landfill gas.
The mechanism of MeHg formation in the Arctic atmosphere is as yet unknown; however, we hypothesize that it could involve the demethylation of dimethyl mercury (diMeHg) produced biogenically in the ocean.