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calomel

Pronunciation: kal′ō-mel

Definition: Mild mercury chloride; mercury monochloride, protochloride, or subchloride; has been used as an intestinal antiseptic and laxative; replaced by safer agents.

Synonym(s): mercurous chloride, sweet precipitate

[Mediev. L., fr. G. kalos, beautiful, + melas, black]

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