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lew·is·ite

 (lo͞o′ĭ-sīt′)
n.
An oily, colorless to violet or brown liquid, C2H2AsCl3, used to make a highly toxic gas weapon.

[After Winford Lee Lewis (1878-1943), American chemist.]

lewisite

(ˈluːɪˌsaɪt)
n
(Elements & Compounds) a colourless oily poisonous liquid with an odour resembling that of geraniums, having a powerful vesicant action and used as a war gas; 1-chloro-2-dichloroarsinoethene. Formula: ClCH:CHAsCl2
[C20: named after W. L. Lewis (1878–1943), US chemist]

lew•is•ite

(ˈlu əˌsaɪt)

n.
a pale yellow, odorless compound, C2H2AsCl3, used as a vesicant in World War I.
[1920–25; after Winford Lee Lewis (1878–1943), U.S. chemist who developed it; see -ite1]
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EFFECTS OF LEWISITE: Lewisite is a gas that could just penetrate apparel and even rubber.
Classification of chemical weapons (15) Nerve Gases Blister Gases Pulmonary Blood Irritants Poisons Sarin (GB) Sulfur Mustard Phosgene (CG) Cyanogen (HD) Chloride Tabun (GA) Nitrogen Diphosgene (DP) Hydrogen Mustard Cyanide (HN-mustard gases) Soman (GD) Lewisite (L) Chlorine (CL) Methylphosphono- Phosgene oxime Chloropicrin thioic acid (VX) (CX) (PS) Nerve Gases Incapacitators Vomitive Agents Sarin (GB) Psychomimetics Adamsite (DM) (3- quinuclidinyl benzilate, LSD) Tabun (GA) Opioids and Diphenylcyanoarsine Benzodiazepines (DC) Soman (GD) Tear Gases Diphenylchloroarsine Chloroacetophenone (DA) (CN), orthochloroben- zylidenemalononitrile (CS), Methylphosphono- Dibenzo [B,F] [1,4] thioic acid (VX) Oxazepine) (CR)
While Lewisite never became the battlefield hazard that had originally been feared, variations of BAL continue to be used wherever arsenic threatens human health.
Veterans who were exposed to ionizing radiation, mustard gas, or Lewisite while in service;
Veterans at Risk: The Health Effects of Mustard Gas and Lewisite. Washington, DC: National Academies Press; 1993.
The current available treatments for arsenicosis patients are thiol containing chelating agents such as meso 2,3-dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA), 2,3 dimercaptopropane-1-sulfonate (DMPS) or British Anti Lewisite (BAL; 2,3-dimercaprol) (14).
1944 - US Navy uses humans to test gas masks and clothing exposing to mustard gas and lewisite.
The depot expects to fully destroy weapons after it incinerates bulk supplies of Lewisite, a powerful skin, eye and lung irritant.
He also produced poison gases, phosgene, lewisite, mustard and chlorine.
Written by Christianson, an author and investigative reporter with a particular interest in the history of imprisonment and gas chambers, this book explores in-depth the development of hazardous gases such as chlorine, phosgene, mustard gas, lewisite, hydrogen cyanide, and a variety of nerve agents.
He was logical and consistent; as logical and consistent in the European jungle as the poison gas called Lewisite and the shattered bodies of children killed in the bombardment of an open town.