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Mild mercury chloride; mercury monochloride, protochloride, or subchloride; has been used as an intestinal antiseptic and laxative; replaced by safer agents.
[Mediev. L., fr. G. kalos, beautiful, + melas, black]
A white or brown tasteless powder, Hg2Cl2, used as an insecticide and formerly as a purgative. Also called mercurous chloride.
calomel(kal'o-mel) [Gr. kalos, beautiful, + melas, black]
A former name for mercury (I) chloride The term is still in use in “calomel electrode.”Mercury (I) chloride.
see mercurous chloride.