corrosive sublimate


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n corrosive sublimate a white poisonous soluble crystalline sublimate of mercury; used as a pesticide or antiseptic or wood preservative
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Corrosive sublimate (Chem) mercuric chloride, HgCl2; so called because obtained by sublimation, and because of its harsh irritating action on the body tissue. Usually it is in the form of a heavy, transparent, crystalline substance, easily soluble, and of an acrid, burning taste. It is a virulent poison, a powerful antiseptic, and an excellent antisyphilitic; called also mercuric bichloride. It is to be carefully distinguished from calomel, the mild chloride of mercury.
    • Corrosive sublimate (Chem) mercuric chloride. See Corrosive sublimate under Corrosive.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Corrosive sublimate the popular name of the highly poisonous bichloride of mercury (mercuric chloride)
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. cor, inten., rodĕre, rosum, to gnaw.


In literature:

Martyrdom is sublimation, corrosive sublimation.
"Les Misérables Complete in Five Volumes" by Victor Hugo
Washing out the vagina with a solution of corrosive sublimate, 1:2000, has caused severe and even fatal poisoning.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
But the doctors again declared the presence of corrosive sublimate and opium.
"Celebrated Crimes, Complete" by Alexandre Dumas, Pere
Calomel is often given as a medicine, but not so with corrosive sublimate, which is usually employed in the arts as a poison.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 385, May 19, 1883" by Various
Warm water, one pint; corrosive sublimate, twelve grains.
"Enquire Within Upon Everything" by Anonymous
He prefers the corrosive sublimate solution (1 in 1,000).
"Diseases of the Horse's Foot" by Harry Caulton Reeks
The arsenic and corrosive sublimate effloresced from the ties along the Memphis and Charleston Railroad.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 514, November 7, 1885" by Various
Corrosive sublimate, 1 part in 5000 parts of water, should be used as drinking water.
"The Dollar Hen" by Milo M. Hastings
Dilute corrosive sublimate with oil of almonds.
"Searchlights on Health" by B. G. Jefferis and J. L. Nichols
Too much care cannot be taken of corrosive sublimate, especially when children are about.
"The American Frugal Housewife" by Lydia M. Child
Mix together two ounces spirits of turpentine, one ounce corrosive sublimate, and one pint alcohol.
"Burroughs' Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information, 1889" by Barkham Burroughs
The most important salt of mercury, toxicologically, is corrosive sublimate.
"Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology" by W. G. Aitchison Robertson
Everything sublimed, and a true corrosive sublimate was formed.
"Discovery of Oxygen, Part 2" by Carl Wilhelm Scheele
Corrosive sublimate, one in ten thousand, wash the blood off, keep the wounds clean, make the man comfortable.
"The Witch Doctor and other Rhodesian Studies" by Frank Worthington
The holy ashes were found to contain corrosive sublimate, and the magician got eighteen months' rigorous imprisonment.
"Omens and Superstitions of Southern India" by Edgar Thurston
Clean seed can be had by treating tubers with corrosive sublimate.
"Farm Gardening with Hints on Cheap Manuring" by Anonymous
She was given a strong metal receptacle half filled with methylated spirits in which corrosive sublimate had been dissolved.
"Lodges in the Wilderness" by William Charles Scully
A small quantity of corrosive sublimate will make paste unattractive to bugs.
"Library Bookbinding" by Arthur Low Bailey
In like fashion corrosive sublimate itself may be reduced and volatilized if heated with black flux.
"Memoranda on Poisons" by Thomas Hawkes Tanner
Geber, in the eighth century, could prepare alcohol, sulphuric acid, nitric acid, corrosive sublimate, potash, and soda.
"Christianity and Modern Thought" by Various