Brodersen, Klaus Formerly, University of Erlangen-Nurnberg, Nurnberg, Germany.
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A chemical element, Hg, atomic number 80 and atomic weight 200.59. Mercury is a silvery-white liquid at room temperature (melting point −38.89°C); it boils at 357.25°C under atmospheric pressure. It is a noble metal that is soluble only in oxidizing solutions. The metal and its compounds are very toxic. With some metals (gold, silver, platinum, uranium, copper, lead, sodium, and potassium, for example) mercury forms solutions called amalgams. See also: Amalgam; Periodic table; Persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic pollutants; Transition elements
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