benzyl bromide

noun

: 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

Word History

First Known Use

1872, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of benzyl bromide was in 1872

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“Benzyl bromide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/benzyl%20bromide. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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