Cal"o*mel (?), n. [Gr. beautuful + black. So called from its being white, though made from a black mixture of mercury and corrosive sublimate. Cf. F. calom'elas.] Chem.

Mild chloride of mercury, HgCl, a heavy, white or yellowish white substance, insoluble and tasteless, much used in medicine as a mercurial and purgative; mercurous chloride. It occurs native as the mineral born quicksilver.


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