Agent Name

Mercurous nitrate

CAS Number

10415-75-5

Formula

N-O3.Hg

Major Category

Metals

Synonyms

Mercury protonitrate; Mercury(1+) nitrate; Mercury(I) nitrate; Monomercury nitrate; Nitrate mercureux [French]; Nitric acid, mercury(1+) salt; Nitric acid, mercury(I) salt; [ChemIDplus] UN1627

Category

Mercury Compounds, Inorganic

Description

Colorless to white solid with a slight odor of nitric acid; [HSDB]

Sources/Uses

Used to produce other mercury compounds, to analyze laboratory chemicals, and to blacken brass; [HSDB] Mercury I nitrate is used as an intermediate for other mercury compounds. In solution with dilute nitric acid, it is used as and indicator (Millons reagent) to detect tyrosine-containing proteins. [Ullmann]

Comments

See "Mercuric nitrate". See "Mercury, inorganic compounds" and the linked diseases.

Exposure Assessment
Skin Designation (ACGIH)

Yes

TLV (ACGIH)

0.02 mg/m3, as Hg

PEL (OSHA)

0.1 mg/m3, as Hg

MAK

0.02 mg/m3, as Hg, inhalable fraction

IDLH (NIOSH)

10 mg/m3, as Hg

Adverse Effects
Neurotoxin

Sensorimotor Neuropathy

Nephrotoxin

Yes

Reproductive Toxin

Yes

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