mustard gas


Definition of mustard gas

: an irritant vesicant oily liquid C4H8Cl2S used especially as a chemical weapon

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Recent Examples on the Web Genentech has a collaboration with BARDA dating to 2018 that has included work related to influenza and exposure to mustard gas. Washington Post, "Trump administration makes it easier for drugmakers to profit from publicly funded coronavirus drugs, advocates say," 1 July 2020 The lung damage looks like a chemical burn, the kind of injury caused by industrial accidents or the mustard gas used as a weapon in World War I, according to researchers at the Mayo Clinic. Denise Grady, New York Times, "A Young Man Nearly Lost His Life to Vaping," 15 Oct. 2019 In the Gulf of Mexico, that tally could even include containers of the chemical weapon mustard gas. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Gulf of Mexico is Full of Unexploded Bombs and Mustard Gas," 28 Aug. 2018 The brutality of the Fascists would be further demonstrated by their use of mustard gas not only on Ethiopian troops but on the civilian population. Colin Grant, The New York Review of Books, "The Women’s War," 8 Apr. 2020 DeCoste is developing similar fabrics that neutralize mustard gas, a chemical weapon that is not a nerve agent but can severely burn the skin, eyes, and respiratory tract. Sophia Chen, Wired, "This Cloth Destroys Deadly Nerve Agents in Minutes," 4 Feb. 2020 All of this looks like the telltale signs of exposure to toxic chemical fumes or chemical weapons, such as mustard gas, Dr. Brandon Larsen told the Times. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Vaping-linked lung illness looks like exposure to mustard gas, doctors say," 3 Oct. 2019 In the study, the singlet oxygen in turn could break down molecules of a lab-safe molecular cousin of mustard gas both inside and outside the pores. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Crystalline nets harvest water from desert air, turn carbon dioxide into liquid fuel," 3 Sep. 2019 Haber also pioneered the battlefield use of mustard gas. The Economist, "How Einstein and Eddington stood against jingoism," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of mustard gas

1917, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jul 2020

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“Mustard gas.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of mustard gas

: a poison gas used as a weapon in a war

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Medical Definition of mustard gas

: an irritant oily liquid C4H8Cl2S used especially as a chemical weapon that causes blistering, attacks the eyes and lungs, and is a systemic poison

called also dichlorethyl sulfide, sulfur mustard

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