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adamsite

[ad-uh m-zahyt] /ˈæd əmˌzaɪt/
noun, Chemistry, Military
1.
a yellow irritant smoke, containing a poisonous form of arsenic and used as a harassing agent.
Origin of adamsite
1920-1925
1920-25; named after R. Adams; see -ite1
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adamsite

/ˈædəmˌzaɪt/
noun
1.
a yellow poisonous crystalline solid that readily sublimes; diphenylaminechlorarsine. It is used in chemical warfare as a vomiting agent. Formula: C6H4AsClNHC6H4; relative density: 1.65; melting pt: 195°C; boiling pt: 410°C Also called phenarsazine chloride
Word Origin
C20: named after Roger Adams (1899–1971), American chemist
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