adjective ar·sen·ic [ahr-sen-ik] /ɑrˈsɛn ɪk/
Origin of arsenic
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Arsenic can also cause cardiovascular disease, which African-Americans have greater genetic susceptibility for, she said.The Congressman Fighting for More Arsenic in Drinking Water|Tim Mak|July 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Playing this season: Annie, Steel Magnolias, and Arsenic and Old Lace.16 Surprising Things Now More Expensive Than a Night on a Carnival Cruise|Kevin Fallon|April 12, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Arsenic has been used as a poisoning agent since the Middle Ages.No Answers in Death of Technician Linked to Andrew Breitbart|Christine Pelisek|November 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Arsenic, copper, lead and PCBs were found in the soil, sediment and water.
With regard to the Sulphur and Arsenic, they are supposed to have been first accurately separated from the ore by roasting.Elements of the Theory and Practice of Chymistry, 5th ed.|Pierre Joseph Macquer
Arsenic is useful in other intermittent disorders besides Ague, as in the various kinds of intermittent neuralgia.The Action of Medicines in the System|Frederick William Headland
Entering the office, my eyes involuntarily sought the Solution of Arsenic.
Arsenic was detected in the stomach, in the lungs, and spleen.Poisons: Their Effects and Detection|Alexander Wynter Blyth
Arsenic, ar′sen-ik, n. one of the chemical elements: a mineral poison: a soft, gray-coloured metal.
British Dictionary definitions for arsenic
Word Origin for arsenic
Word Origin and History for arsenic
late 14c., from Old French arsenic, from Latin arsenicum, from late Greek arsenikon "arsenic" (Dioscorides; Aristotle has it as sandarake), adapted from Syriac (al) zarniqa "arsenic," from Middle Persian zarnik "gold-colored" (arsenic trisulphide has a lemon-yellow color), from Old Iranian *zarna- "golden," from PIE root *ghel- "to shine" (see Chloe).
The form of the Greek word is folk etymology, literally "masculine," from arsen "male, strong, virile" (cf. arseno-koites "lying with men" in New Testament) supposedly in reference to the powerful properties of the substance. The mineral (as opposed to the element) is properly orpiment, from Latin auri pigmentum, so called because it was used to make golden dyes.