- any of the class of poisonous, blistering compounds, as C5H11Cl2N, analogous in composition to mustard gas but containing nitrogen instead of sulfur: used in the treatment of cancer and similar diseases; mechlorethamine.
Origin of nitrogen mustard
First recorded in 1945–50
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- any of a class of organic compounds resembling mustard gas in their molecular structure. General formula: RN(CH 2 CH 2 Cl) 2, where R is an organic group: important in the treatment of cancer
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- Any of various toxic blistering compounds analogous to mustard gas but containing nitrogen rather than sulfur, sometimes used to control or check the growth of neoplastic cells.
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