Similar term(s): mercury dimethyl.
Hg(CH3)2. Dimethylmercury is a highly volatile
colourless liquid at room temperature. As an organic mercury compound, it may
form when mercury combines with carbon covalently (shares electrons forming a
strong bond). Dimethylmercury is poisonous to the nervous system (a neurotoxin),
it readily crosses the blood-brain barrier and causes a lack of coordination,
sensory disturbance and changes in mental state. Dimethylmercury inhibits
several stages of neurotransmission in the brain.
Inorganic mercury compounds - Methylmercury - Organic mercury compounds
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