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chemical warfare

warfare with asphyxiating, poisonous, or corrosive gases, oil flames, etc.
Origin of chemical warfare
1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It was originally estimated that $250,000 would provide a plant at Edgewood sufficient for our chemical-warfare needs.

British Dictionary definitions for chemical-warfare

chemical warfare

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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