mercury

Mercury, also called quicksilver, is a chemical element in the periodic table that has the symbol Hg (Latinized Greek: hydrargyrum, meaning watery or liquid silver) and atomic number 80. A heavy, silvery transition metal, mercury is one of five elements that are liquid at or near room temperature and pressure. (The others are the metals caesium, francium, and gallium, and the non-metal bromine.)

Mercury is used in thermometers, barometers and other scientific apparatus, though concerns about the element's toxicity have led to mercury thermometers being largely phased out in clinical environments in favour of alcohol-filled, digital or thermistor-based instruments. It remains in use in a number of other ways in scientific and scientific research applications, and in dental amalgam. Mercury is mostly obtained by reduction from the mineral, cinnabar.

Mercury occurs in deposits throughout the world and it is relatively harmless in an insoluble form, such as mercuric sulfide, but it is poisonous in soluble forms such as mercuric chloride or methylmercury.



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Too many dental amalgam fillings may increase mercury levels | EVISA's News
Material database: Sigma-Aldrich - Matrix CRM - Soil, Sludge, Sediment: Trace Metals - Sewage Amended Soil
Material database: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) - SRM 2786 - Fine Atmospheric Particulate Matter
Trace element speciation analysis for environmental sciences | EVISA's News
Link database: Chemical Fact Sheet: Scandium
Material database: IAEA - MEL International Atomic Energy Agency - IAEA-475 Coastal Sediment
Plant uptake of trimethylantimony from contaminated soils | EVISA's News
Most Canadians having dental amalgam in their mouth are exposed to mercury at levels surpassing the reference exposure level (REL) | EVISA's News
Toxic Mercury in Aquatic Life Could Spike due to Climate Change | EVISA's News
Link database: Toxicology by Steven G. Gilbert: A Small Dose of Mercury
Link database: Health Canada: Guidance on Heavy Metal Impurities in Cosmetics
Plasma source detection techniques for gas chromatography | EVISA's News
Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2005 (RoHS) | EVISA's News
Instrument database: Milestone S.r.l. - DMA-80 Direct Mercury Analyzer
ERM-CE101: A new CRM for assessing environmental quality through fish | EVISA's News
Material database: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) - SRM 2974 - Mussel Homogenate
Council Decision 77/586/EEC on the River Rhine | EVISA's News
New Report Shows High Levels of Mercury in Terrestrial Ecosystems | EVISA's News
Link database: Amalgam-Related Illness, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Link database: CAMEO Chemicals: Mercury oxide