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Corrosive Sublimate

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Resembling a combination of the signs for Libra and Mercury, this symbol is one of several alchemical markings which stand for Mercuric Chloride (HgCl₂).

Corrosive Sublimate is a poisonous white powder created by heating salt together with Turpeth Mineral, (which is Basic Mercuric Sulfate (Hg₃O₂SO₄) aka Yellow Precipitate) in a retort, then sublimated to separate it from the byproducts (aka Caput Mortuum). It was used as an antisyphilitic and disinfectant in early medicine.


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Category: Alchemical Symbols.

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