adamsite

[ad-uh m-zahyt]

noun Chemistry, Military.

a yellow irritant smoke, containing a poisonous form of arsenic and used as a harassing agent.

Nearby words

  1. adams, john quincy,
  2. adams, maude,
  3. adams, samuel,
  4. adams, samuel hopkins,
  5. adams-stokes syndrome,
  6. adana,
  7. adansonian classification,
  8. adapazari,
  9. adapt,
  10. adaptability

Origin of adamsite

1920–25; named after R. Adams; see -ite1


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British Dictionary definitions for adamsite

adamsite

noun

a yellow poisonous crystalline solid that readily sublimes; diphenylaminechlorarsine. It is used in chemical warfare as a vomiting agent. Formula: C 6 H 4 AsClNHC 6 H 4; relative density: 1.65; melting pt: 195°C; boiling pt: 410°CAlso called: phenarsazine chloride

Word Origin for adamsite

C20: named after Roger Adams (1899–1971), American chemist

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