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An alloy of mercury. Practically all metals will form alloys, or amalgams, with mercury, with the notable exception of iron. Amalgams are used as dental materials (see illustration), in the concentration of gold and silver from their ores, and as electrodes in various industrial and laboratory electrolytic processes. However, dental amalgam have been largely replaced by resin-based composite materials.
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