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Reinsch test

The Reinsch test is an initial indicator to detect the presence of one or more of the following heavy metals in a biological sample, and is often used by toxicologists where poisoning by such metals is suspected.


  • Dissolve suspect body fluid or tissue in a hydrochloric acid solution
  • Insert a copper strip into the solution.
  • The appearance of a silvery coating on the copper may indicate Mercury. A dark coating indicative of the presence of one of the other metals.
  • Confirm finding using absorption or emission spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, or other analytical technique suitable for inorganic analysis.

See also


  • Saferstein R. 2001. Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science. Prentice Hall
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