Synthetic organometallics


Synthetic organometallics include methylmercury which we discussed in the last class on heavy metals. Often used as fungicides, they have been replaced by safer subsititues.

Methyl mercury is volatile and fat solubale, thus it can be absorbed through the skin, GI tract, pulmonary system.

Although it acts like elemental mercury causing psychopthological actions, their expressions is somewhat different: people affected tend to laugh or cry excessively vs. the irritable and depressed cats/humans we spoke of earlier.


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