mercuric chloride

The mercuric chloride is the chemical compound of mercury and chlorine with the formula HgCl2. This white crystalline solid is a laboratory reagent and a molecular compound. Once used as a treatment for syphilis, it is no longer used for medicinal purposes because of mercury toxicity and the availability of superior treatments. The main application of mercuric chloride is as a catalyst for the conversion of acetylene to vinyl chloride.

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