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ful·mi·nate / ˈfoŏlməˌnāt; ˈfəl-/ • v. [intr.] express vehement protest: all fulminated against the new curriculum. ∎ poetic/lit. explode violently or flash like lightning: thunder fulminated around the house. ∎  [usu. as adj.] Med. (fulminating) (of a disease or symptom) develop suddenly and severely: fulminating appendicitis. • n. Chem. a salt or ester of fulminic acid.

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fulminate (fŭl´mĬnāt), any salt of fulminic acid, HONC, a highly unstable compound known only in solution. The term is most commonly applied to the explosive mercury (II) fulminate, also called fulminate of mercury, Hg(ONC)2. The pure compound forms white cubic crystals. It is made by the action of nitric acid on mercury metal in the presence of alcohol and is often collected as a gray or brown sandy powder. It is very sensitive to heat, shock, or friction and is used in primers, detonators, and blasting caps.

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fulminate thunder forth; orig. a rendering of medL. fulmināre, used spec. of formal censure by eccl. authority. XV. f. pp. stem of L. fulmināre, f. fulmen, -min- lightning; see -ATE3.
So fulmination XVI. — L.

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