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vesicant

[ves-i-kuh nt] /ˈvɛs ɪ kənt/
adjective
1.
producing a blister or blisters, as a medicinal substance; vesicating.
noun
2.
a vesicant agent or substance.
3.
(in chemical warfare) a chemical agent that causes burns and destruction of tissue both internally and externally.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; < New Latin vēsīcant- (stem of vēsīcāns), present participle of vēsīcāre to vesicate; see -ant
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Examples from the web for vesicant
  • Extravasation is a known risk of vesicant administration.
  • Extravasation of vesicant chemotherapy can cause significant tissue damage.
  • Phosgene oxime is technically not a true vesicant because the skin lesions it causes are urticarial as opposed to vesicular.
British Dictionary definitions for vesicant

vesicant

/ˈvɛsɪkənt/
noun (pl) -cants, -catories
1.
any substance that causes blisters, used in medicine and in chemical warfare
adjective
2.
acting as a vesicant
Word Origin
C19: see vesica
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Word Origin and History for vesicant
n.

1660s, from Medieval Latin vesicantem (nominative vesicans), present participle of vesicare, from vesica "a bladder, a blister" (see ventral). From 1826 as an adjective.

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vesicant in Medicine

vesicant ves·i·cant (věs'ĭ-kənt)
n.
A blistering agent, especially mustard gas, used in chemical warfare. adj.
Causing blisters.

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