arsenical

adjective
ar·sen·i·cal | \ är-ˈse-ni-kəl \

Definition of arsenical 

: of, relating to, containing, or caused by arsenic arsenical poisoning

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Although others suspected arsenical wallpaper, Morris didn’t believe—or claimed not to believe—that arsenic was bad for you. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "Arsenic and Old Tastes Made Victorian Wallpaper Deadly," 3 Apr. 2017 The Industrial Revolution gave rise to a prolific amount of smelting and burning of coal, which released arsenical compounds that then made their way into a variety of products. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Researchers Float (Unlikely) Theory That Jane Austen Died of Arsenic Poisoning," 13 Mar. 2017 Although others suspected arsenical wallpaper, Morris didn’t believe—or claimed not to believe—that arsenic was bad for you. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "Arsenic and Old Tastes Made Victorian Wallpaper Deadly," 3 Apr. 2017

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1605, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of arsenical was in 1605

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arsenical

adjective
ar·sen·i·cal | \ är-ˈsen-i-kəl \

Medical Definition of arsenical 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, containing, or caused by arsenic an arsenical drug arsenical poisoning

arsenical

noun

Medical Definition of arsenical (Entry 2 of 2)

: a compound or preparation containing arsenic

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