arsenical

adjective
ar·​sen·​i·​cal | \ är-ˈse-ni-kəl How to pronounce arsenical (audio) \

Definition of arsenical

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

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Other Words from arsenical

arsenical noun

Examples of arsenical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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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First Known Use of arsenical

1605, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for arsenical

borrowed from New Latin arsenicālis, from Latin arsenicon arsenic entry 1 + -ālis -al entry 1

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The first known use of arsenical was in 1605

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3 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Arsenical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/arsenical. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for arsenical

arsenical

adjective
ar·​sen·​i·​cal | \ är-ˈsen-i-kəl How to pronounce arsenical (audio) \

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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