benzyl bromide

noun

Definition of benzyl bromide

: a colorless to slightly yellow corrosive liquid C7H7Br used in organic synthesis and formerly used as a war gas due to its irritant effects on skin and the mucous membranes At Bolimov, on 31 Jan. 1915, Haber's troops fired shells filled with liquid benzyl bromide, a tear gas suggested by Hans Tappan, another chemist, but at the extremely cold temperatures the liquid failed to vaporize.— Donald Richter, Chemical Soldiers, 1992

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1872, in the meaning defined above

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“Benzyl bromide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/benzyl%20bromide. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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