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mercurial

 [mer-ku´re-al]
1. pertaining to mercury.
2. a preparation containing mercury.
3. pertaining to behavior patterns that change rapidly.

mer·cu·ri·al

(mer-kyū'rē-ăl),
1. Relating to mercury.
2. Any salt of mercury used medicinally.
3. Having the characteristic of rapid, changing moods.

mercurial

/mer·cu·ri·al/ (mer-kūr´e-il)
1. pertaining to mercury.
2. a preparation containing mercury.

mercurial

(mər-kyo͝or′ē-əl)
adj.
Containing or caused by the action of the element mercury.
n.
A pharmacological or chemical preparation containing mercury.

mer·cu′ri·al·ly adv.

mercurial

[mərkyo̅o̅r′ē·əl]
1 pertaining to mercury, particularly a medicine containing the element mercury.
2 pertaining to an adverse effect associated with the administration of a mercurial medication, such as a mercurial tremor caused by mercury poisoning.

mer·cu·ri·al

(mĕr-kyūr'ē-ăl)
1. Relating to mercury.
2. Any salt of mercury used medicinally.
3. Having the characteristic of rapidly changing moods.
Compare: labile

mer·cu·ri·al

(mĕr-kyūr'ē-ăl)
1. Any salt of mercury used medicinally.
2. Relating to mercury.

mercurial

1. pertaining to mercury.
2. a preparation containing mercury.
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