mustard gas

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mustard gas

n.
An oily, volatile liquid, C4H8Cl2S, that is corrosive to the skin and mucous membranes and causes severe, sometimes fatal respiratory damage. It was introduced in World War I as a chemical warfare agent.

[From its smell.]

mustard gas

n
(Elements & Compounds) an oily liquid vesicant compound used in chemical warfare. Its vapour causes blindness and burns. Formula: (ClCH2CH2)2S

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n.
an oily liquid, C4H8Cl2S, used, esp. in World War I, as a chemical-warfare gas for its irritating, blinding, and poisonous properties.
[1915–20; so called from its mustardlike odor]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mustard gas - a toxic war gas with sulfide based compounds that raises blisters and attacks the eyes and lungsmustard gas - a toxic war gas with sulfide based compounds that raises blisters and attacks the eyes and lungs; there is no known antidote
poison gas - a gas that is poisonous to breath or contact; used in chemical warfare
vesicant, vesicatory - a chemical agent that causes blistering (especially mustard gas)
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mustard gas

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