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Atomic symbol - Hg
Atomic weight - 200.59
Atomic number - 80
Electron configuration - 2-8-18-32-18-2
Oxidation states - +1, +2
State of matter - solid
Heavy metal-low melting
Discovered in ancient times
Boils at 356.9 .C, melts at -38.87 .C

The only elemental metal that is liquid at room temperature. It has silvery-
white color. Electricity discharged through mercury vapor produces a bluish
glow with lots of ultraviolet light; a property utilized in ultraviolet,
fluorescent, and mercury-vapor lamps. It is sometimes used in dental fillings.
Mercury is toxic. It can be lethal if the vapors are breathed, come in contact
with skin, or ingested as a soluable compound.

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