Occurrence and Properties

  • Shabnum Nabi


Mercury (pronounced /markjuri/ MER-kya-ree), also called quicksilver (kwiksilver) or hydrargyrum (hye-DRAR-ji-rem), is a chemical element with the symbol Hg (Latinized Greek hydrargyrum, meaning watery or liquid silver) and atomic number 80. A heavy, silvery d-block metal, mercury is one of the six chemical elements that are liquid at or near room temperature and pressure (Senese 2007; Norrby 1991), the others being cesium, francium, gallium, bromine, and rubidium. Mercury is the only metal that is liquid at standard conditions for temperature and pressure. With a melting point of −38.83 °C and boiling point of 356.73 °C, mercury has one of the widest ranges of its liquid state of any metal (Fig. 1.1).


Mercury Vapor Mercury Emission Mercury Thermometer Mercury Poisoning Atmospheric Mercury 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shabnum Nabi
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  1. 1.Interdisciplinary Brain Research Centre (IBRC) Jawaharlal Nehru Medical CollegeAligarh Muslim UniversityAligarhIndia

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