The amount of mercury in a thermometer is about 3 grams. A mercury thermometer is used to measure the body temperature.Continue Reading
The amount of mercury present in a thermometer is very small. According to NHS, a typical thermometer that is used to measure body temperature contains not more than 3 grams of mercury.
The typical fever thermometer contains 0.5 to 3 grams of elemental mercury. Inhaling the vapors of this liquid mercury can cause serious health issues in otherwise healthy person. So, the use of mercury thermometer has been banned for medical purposes in most countries since 2012.Learn more about Chemistry
While the majority of thermometer manufacturers no longer make mercury thermometers as of March 2015, a few manufacturers still produce them for industrial or laboratory use. Many states, including California, Massachusetts and Washington, have passed laws to limit the manufacture or sale of mercury thermometers.Full Answer >
The nickname for the element mercury is "quicksilver." Mercury's atomic symbol, Hg, is derived from the Greek word "hydrargyrum," which means "liquid silver." It is the only metal that is a liquid at room temperature.Full Answer >
Mercury acetate is a chemical compound with a solid crystalline structure that is white or yellow in color. This substance has a mild vinegar odor that is toxic when it is inhaled. Since mercury acetate is hazardous, it must be handled with care, warns Cameo Chemicals.Full Answer >
It is not known who discovered mercury, but it has been found in Egyptian tombs dating back over 3,500 years. Mercury was also known to the ancient Chinese and Hindus.Full Answer >