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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However, cadmium is just the elemental building block of my contender, which is the cadmium homolog of dimethylmercury, known as dimethylcadmium.
Bad enough that chemists switched to using dimethylmercury in reactions wherever they could, just so they didn't have to deal with dimethylcadmium.
Tragically, she died in 1997 as the result of a laboratory accident in which a few drops of highly toxic liquid dimethylmercury penetrated her protective latex glove and caused rapidly progressive, fatal neurological impairment.
Extended studies documented the concentration dependence as well as the generation of volatile dimethylmercury (Jensen and Jernelov 1969), and other research showed that methylcobalamin (vitamin [B.sub.12]) could transfer a methyl group to the mercuric ion nonenzymatically (Wood et al.
Her death was the result of dimethylmercury poisoning caused by the accidental spill of a few drops of the chemical on her latex glove-covered hand.
Wetterhahn died in 1997 as the result of an accidental exposure to dimethylmercury. An acknowledged international expert on the effects of heavy metals on biologic systems, Dr.
Wetterhahn died in 1997 as the result of an accidental exposure to dimethylmercury. An acknowledged international expert on the effects of heavy metals on biological systems, Wetterhahn was a leader in conducting research on how metals initiate cancer and other metal-induced human diseases at the molecular level.
Wetterhahn died 8 July 1997 as the result of an accidental exposure to dimethylmercury. She was an established authority on the effects of heavy metals on biological systems, as well as a dedicated teacher and mentor.
Wetterhahn died 8 June 1997 as the result of dimethylmercury poisoning caused by the accidental spill of a few drops of the chemical as she was handling it.