poison gas


any of various toxic gases, especially those used in chemical warfare to kill or incapacitate on inhalation or contact, as phosgene, chlorine, etc.

Origin of poison gas

First recorded in 1910–15
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Examples from the Web for poison gas

Historical Examples of poison gas

  • Just wait for the results of the poison-gas competition presumably.

  • In a word my cottage was filled with some kind of poison-gas!

  • To begin with, he did not believe in them; they were just a part of the poison-gas of war.

    Jimmie Higgins

    Upton Sinclair

  • I have said that it was about four oclock in the afternoon when we had our first experience of the poison-gas.

  • Acid sprays and poison-gas of various kinds had been tried without appreciable effect.

British Dictionary definitions for poison gas

poison gas


a gaseous substance, such as chlorine, phosgene, or lewisite, used in warfare to kill or harm
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poison gas in Medicine

poison gas


A gas or vapor used especially in chemical warfare to injure, disable, or kill upon inhalation or contact.
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