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mustard gas

noun
1.
an oily liquid, C 4 H 8 Cl 2 S, used as a chemical-warfare gas, blistering the skin and damaging the lungs, often causing blindness and death: introduced by the Germans in World War I.
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20; so called from its mustard-like odor
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  • The invaders retaliated with mustard gas, dropped by plane.
British Dictionary definitions for mustard gas

mustard gas

noun
1.
an oily liquid vesicant compound used in chemical warfare. Its vapour causes blindness and burns. Formula: (ClCH2CH2)2S
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mustard gas in Medicine

mustard gas mus·tard gas (mŭs'tərd)
n.
An oily, volatile liquid that is corrosive to the skin and mucous membranes, causes severe, sometimes fatal respiratory damage and was used in World War I as a chemical warfare agent.

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mustard gas in Science
mustard gas
  (mŭs'tərd)   
An oily, volatile liquid 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. Chemical formula: C4H8Cl2S.
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