Corrosive sublimate

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An old name for Mercuric chloride. Corrosive sublimate is a highly toxic chemical that was used for years as a wood preservative, rat poison, Insecticide, and fungicide.

Synonyms and Related Terms

mercuric chloride; bichloride of mercury


  • Violent poison, can be fatal in minutes with ingestion of 0.5 grams.
  • Toxic by ingestion, inhalation and skin absorption. Egg white is used as an antidote.

Resources and Citations

  • L. Goldberg, A History Of Pest Control Measures In The Anthropology Collections, National Museum Of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, JAIC (35):23-43, 1996
  • R. Mayer, The Artist's Handbook of Materials and Techniques, Viking Press, New York, 1981
  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • George Savage, Art and Antique Restorer's Handbook, Rockliff Publishing Corp, London, 1954

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