phosgene(redirected from Fosgene)
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A colorless gas, COCl2, having an odor similar to mown or moldy hay, used as a poison gas and in making resins, plastics, and dyes.
[French phosgène : Greek phōs, light; see phos- + French -gène, -gen.]
(Elements & Compounds) a colourless easily liquefied poisonous gas, carbonyl chloride, with an odour resembling that of new-mown hay: used in chemical warfare as a lethal choking agent and in the manufacture of pesticides, dyes, and polyurethane resins. Formula: COCl2
[C19: from Greek phōs light + -gene, variant of -gen]
phos•gene(ˈfɒs dʒin, ˈfɒz-)
a poisonous, colorless, very volatile liquid or suffocating gas, COCl2, used as a chemical-warfare compound.
[1805–15; < Greek phôs light (contraction of pháos) + -genēs -gen]