an oily liquid, C4H8Cl2S, used as a chemical-warfare gas, blistering the skin and damaging the lungs, often causing blindness and death: introduced by the Germans in World War I.
Origin of mustard gas
First recorded in 1915–20; so called from its mustard-like odor
Also called dichlorodiethyl sulfide.
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an oily liquid vesicant compound used in chemical warfare. Its vapour causes blindness and burns. Formula: (ClCH 2 CH 2) 2 S
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An oily, volatile liquid that is corrosive to the skin and mucous membranes, causes severe, sometimes fatal respiratory damage, and was used in World War I as a chemical warfare agent.
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An oily, volatile liquid that is corrosive to the skin and mucous membranes and causes severe, sometimes fatal respiratory damage. It was introduced in World War I as a chemical warfare agent. Chemical formula: C4H8Cl2S.
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