Definition of Calomel

1. Noun. A tasteless colorless powder used medicinally as a cathartic.

Exact synonyms: Mercurous Chloride
Substance meronyms: Black Lotion, Blackwash
Terms within: Atomic Number 80, Hg, Hydrargyrum, Mercury, Quicksilver
Generic synonyms: Chloride

Definition of Calomel

1. n. Mild chloride of mercury, Hg2Cl2, 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 horn quicksilver.

Definition of Calomel

1. Noun. (inorganic compound) mercurous chloride Hg2Cl2 ¹

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Definition of Calomel

1. a chemical compound used as a purgative [n -S]

Medical Definition of Calomel

1. HgCl;mild mercury chloride; mercury monochloride, protochloride, or subchloride; has been used as an intestinal antiseptic and laxative; replaced by safer agents. Synonym: mercurous chloride, sweet precipitate. Origin: Mediev. L., fr. G. Kalos, beutiful, + melas, black (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Calomel

calming down
calmodulin-binding proteins
calmodulin-dependent protein kinase IV kinase
calms down
calomel (current term)
calomel electrode
caloric nystagmus
caloric test
caloric tests
caloric value

Literary usage of Calomel

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1. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1911)
"After nine months had elapsed there had been no recurrence of the trouble calomel as a Diuretic.—FELIX v. SZONTAGH (Archiv f. ..."

2. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1896)
"In the Medical News of April 25 I had a short article on ' ' calomel as a Specific ... I immediately placed the child on one-sixtieth grain of calomel every ..."

3. The Lancet (1842)
"velocity and force of the pulse to her having taken some warm tea just before my arrival. She was directed to continue the draughts and powders of calomel ..."

4. American Ballads and Songs by Louise Pound (1922)
"54 calomel Ye doctors all of every rank With their long bills that break a bank, Of wisdom's learning, art, and skill Seems all composed of calomel. ..."

5. The Diseases of Infancy and Childhood: For the Use of Students and by Luther Emmett Holt (1897)
"calomel fumi ¡/ni ions.—These were first advocated by Corbin,'of Brooklyn, in 1881, although they did not come into general use until about 1891. ..."

6. A Manual of Pharmacology and Its Applications to Therapeutics and Toxicology by Torald Hermann Sollmann (1922)
"The diuretic effect of calomel in cardiac dropsy is said to have been well known to the physicians in the latter half of the eighteenth century. ..."

7. Dr. Chase's Recipes: Or, Information for Everybody: an Invaluable Collection by Alvin Wood Chase (1888)
"Children who have been over-dosed with calomel bave always a ... L .'St in my strictures in the use of calomel, some of my medical readers should mentally ..."

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