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 (fŏs′jēn′, fŏz′-)
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.]
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(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]
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(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]
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Noun1.phosgene - a colorless poisonous gas that smells like new-mown hay; used in chemical warfare
gas - a fluid in the gaseous state having neither independent shape nor volume and being able to expand indefinitely
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