Corrosive sublimate(Chem.), mercuric chloride, HgCl2; so called because obtained by sublimation, and because of its harsh irritating action on the body tissue. Usually it is in the form of a heavy, transparent, crystalline substance, easily soluble, and of an acrid, burning taste. It is a virulent poison, a powerful antiseptic, and an excellent antisyphilitic; called also mercuric bichloride. It is to be carefully distinguished from calomel, the mild chloride of mercury.

(Cor*ro"sive), n.

1. That which has the quality of eating or wearing away gradually.

[Corrosives] act either directly, by chemically destroying the part, or indirectly by causing inflammation and gangrene.

2. That which has the power of fretting or irritating.

Such speeches . . . are grievous corrosives.

Cor*ro"sive*ly, adv.Cor*ro"sive*ness, n.

(Cor*ro"val) n. A dark brown substance of vegetable origin, allied to curare, and used by the natives of New Granada as an arrow poison.

(Cor*ro"va*line) n. (Chem.) A poisonous alkaloid extracted from corroval, and characterized by its immediate action in paralyzing the heart.

(Cor"ru*gant) a. [L. corrugans, p. pr. See Corrugate.] Having the power of contracting into wrinkles. Johnson.

(Cor"ru*gate) a. [L. corrugatus, p. p. of corrugare; cor-+ rugare to wrinkle, ruga wrinkle; of uncertain origin.] Wrinkled; crumpled; furrowed; contracted into ridges and furrows.

(Cor*ro"di*ate) v. t. [See Corrode.] To eat away by degrees; to corrode. [Obs.] Sandys.

(Cor*ro`di*bil"i*ty) n. The quality of being corrodible. [R.] Johnson.

(Cor*rod"i*ble) a. Capable of being corroded; corrosible. Sir T. Browne.

(Cor*ro`si*bil"i*ty) n. Corrodibility. "Corrosibility . . . answers corrosiveness." Boyle.

(Cor*ro"si*ble) a. Corrodible. Bailey.

(Cor*ro"si*ble*ness), n. The quality or state of being corrosible. Bailey.

(Cor*ro"sion) n. [LL. corrosio: cf. F. corrosion. See Corrode.] The action or effect of corrosive agents, or the process of corrosive change; as, the rusting of iron is a variety of corrosion.

Corrosion is a particular species of dissolution of bodies, either by an acid or a saline menstruum.
John Quincy.

(Cor*ro"sive) a. [Cf. F. corrosif.]

1. Eating away; having the power of gradually wearing, changing, or destroying the texture or substance of a body; as, the corrosive action of an acid. "Corrosive liquors." Grew. "Corrosive famine." Thomson.

2. Having the quality of fretting or vexing.

Care is no cure, but corrosive.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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