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Pronunciation: di-meth'il-mer'kyu-re

Definition: 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.

Synonym(s): methylmercury

See Also: Minamata disease

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