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What is Mercury poisoning?

What is Mercury poisoning?

  • Mercury poisoning: A type of heavy metal poisoning caused by excessive exposure to mercury.
  • Mercury poisoning: A silver metallic element that exists as a liquid at room temperature. It has the atomic symbol Hg (from hydrargyrum, liquid silver), atomic number 80, and atomic weight 200.59. Mercury is used in many industrial applications and its salts have been employed therapeutically as purgatives, antisyphilitics, disinfectants, and astringents. It can be absorbed through the skin and mucous membranes which leads to MERCURY POISONING. Because of its toxicity, the clinical use of mercury and mercurials is diminishing.
    Source - Diseases Database
  • Mercury poisoning: a toxic condition caused by ingesting or inhaling mercury; acute mercury poisoning causes a metallic taste and vomiting and diarrhea and kidney problems that may lead to death.
    Source - WordNet 2.1

Mercury poisoning is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Mercury poisoning, or a subtype of Mercury poisoning, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Mercury poisoning: Introduction

Types of Mercury poisoning:

Broader types of Mercury poisoning:

How serious is Mercury poisoning?

Complications of Mercury poisoning: see complications of Mercury poisoning

What causes Mercury poisoning?

Causes of Mercury poisoning: see causes of Mercury poisoning

What are the symptoms of Mercury poisoning?

Symptoms of Mercury poisoning: see symptoms of Mercury poisoning

Complications of Mercury poisoning: see complications of Mercury poisoning

Mercury poisoning: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Mercury poisoning.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Mercury poisoning.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for Mercury poisoning: Emergency Medical Physician ; see also doctors and medical specialists for Mercury poisoning.
Treatments for Mercury poisoning: see treatments for Mercury poisoning
Research for Mercury poisoning: see research for Mercury poisoning

Name and Aliases of Mercury poisoning

Main name of condition: Mercury poisoning

Other names or spellings for Mercury poisoning:

Mercury, Mercury toxicity

Acrodynia, Hydrargyria, Mercurialism, Pink disease Source - Diseases Database

Mercury toxicity
Source - Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Mercury poisoning: Related Conditions

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