Chemical-warfare

chemical warfare

noun
warfare with asphyxiating, poisonous, or corrosive gases, oil flames, etc.

Origin:
1915–20

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chemical warfare
 
n
warfare in which chemicals other than explosives are used as weapons, esp warfare using asphyxiating or nerve gases, poisons, defoliants, etc

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chemical warfare definition


The use of chemical agents as a weapon of war or terror. From the mustard gas used in World War I to the highly lethal neurotoxin Sarin that is potentially available for use today, chemicals are considered a weapon of mass destruction, and their use is condemned by most civilized nations.

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