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phosgene

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noun phos·gene \ˈfäz-ˌjēn\

Definition of phosgene

  1. :  a colorless gas COCl2 of unpleasant odor that is a severe respiratory irritant that has been used in chemical warfare



Origin and Etymology of phosgene

Greek phōs light + -genēs born, produced — more at fancy, -gen; from its originally having been obtained by the action of sunlight


First Known Use: 1812


Medical Dictionary

phosgene

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noun phos·gene \ˈfäz-ˌjēn\

Medical Definition of phosgene

  1. :  a colorless gas COCl2 of unpleasant odor that is a severe respiratory irritant and has been used in chemical warfare




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  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of phosgene Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about phosgene


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