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  • Mercury is a chemical element with the symbol Hg and atomic number 80.
  • The other name for Mercury is quicksilver or hydrargyrum .
  • In ancient times Mercury was found in Egyptian tombs .
  • Mercury is the only liquid metal  at room temperature.
  • Mercury is kept from cinnabar or  mercuric sulfide ,throughout the world .
  • Mercury reacts with atmospheric hydrogen sulfide.
  • It also reacts with solid sulfur flakes, which are used in mercury spill kits to absorb mercury vapors.
  • Mercury does not react with most of the  acids, such as dilute sulfuric acid.
  • Mercury is used in thermometers, barometers, manometers, sphygmomanometers, float valves, mercury switches, and other devices.
  • Mercury is a heavy, silvery-white metal.
  • When compared to other metals, it is a poor conductor of heat, but a fair conductor of electricity .
  • Hg is the modern chemical symbol for mercury. It comes from hydrargyrum.
  • Mercury dissolves with gold, zinc and many other metals to form amalgams .
  • Mercury causing liver failure,  poisoning, and brain death.
  • Ancient Egyptians and the Romans used it in cosmetics which sometimes deformed the face.
  • Mercury is used primarily for the manufacture of industrial chemicals or for electrical and electronic applications.
  • The element mercury is one of the ingredient in dental amalgams.
  • Mercury is used in various traditional medicines, especially in traditional Chinese medicine.
  • Thermometers especially those for high temperatures, are filled with mercury.
  • Mercury as thiomersal  is widely used in  mascara manufacturing.
  • Mercury is very poisoning human being, can cause several diseases  including acrodynia (pink disease), and Minamata disease.
  • It Affects children's and cause diseases like  red cheeks, nose and lips, loss of hair, teeth, and nails, transient rashes, hypotonia (muscle weakness), and increased sensitivity to light.
  • Mercury salts affect primarily the gastrointestinal tract and the kidneys and can cause severe kidney damage.
  • Cost for  pure mercury: $48 per 100g.
  • Cost for bulk mercury : $1.74 per 100g.
  • Various compounds of mercury are used in medicine, dentistry, cosmetics  and also in agriculture to make fungicides.
  •  Mercury has  80:Electrons and 80:Protons
  • Mercury was an essential part of many different medicines, such as diuretics, antibacterial
    agents, antiseptics, and laxatives.
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recommended that pregnant women, breastfeeding
    mothers and young children avoid eating fish with a high mercury content .
  • Because the fishes likeshark, swordfish, tilefish, and king mackerel having >1 ppm.
  • Organic mercury poisoning  results shown from ingestion of contaminated food.

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