diphosgene

[ dahy-fos-jeen ]
/ daɪˈfɒs dʒin /

noun Chemistry.

a colorless liquid, C2Cl4O2, usually derived from methyl formate or methyl chloroformate by chlorination: a World War I poison gas now used chiefly in organic synthesis.

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Origin of diphosgene

First recorded in 1920–25; di-1 + phosgene
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British Dictionary definitions for diphosgene

diphosgene
/ (daɪˈfɒzdʒiːn) /

noun

an oily liquid with an extremely poisonous vapour, made by treating methanol with phosgene and chlorinating the product: has been used in chemical warfare. Formula: ClCOOCCl 3
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Medical definitions for diphosgene

diphosgene
[ dī-fŏzjēn′ ]

n.

A colorless liquid that is used in organic synthesis and whose vapor was used as a poison gas in World War I.trichlormethyl chloroformate
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