nitrogen mustard

noun

Definition of nitrogen mustard

: any of various toxic blistering compounds analogous to mustard gas but containing nitrogen instead of sulfur

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Recent Examples on the Web The first chemotherapy based on nitrogen mustard was approved in 1949, and several drugs based on Alexander’s research remain in use today. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Ten Best History Books of 2020," 1 Dec. 2020 In March 1942, the authorities at Edgewood, having received the nitrogen mustard compounds smuggled out of Germany, turned the samples over to Alexander to investigate their impacts on the body. Jennet Conant, Smithsonian Magazine, "How a chemical weapons disaster in World War II led to a U.S. cover-up—and a new cancer treatment," 18 Aug. 2020 Only 5 percent of patients had a complete remission after the standard treatment – namely, a steroid and melphalan, an old chemotherapy derived from nitrogen mustard, used in chemical warfare. Marie Mccullough, Philly.com, "Her identical twin saved her life 25 years ago. Now they're cancer activists," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of nitrogen mustard

1943, in the meaning defined above

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19 Dec 2020

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“Nitrogen mustard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nitrogen%20mustard. Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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nitrogen mustard

noun

Medical Definition of nitrogen mustard

: any of various toxic blistering compounds analogous to mustard gas but containing nitrogen instead of sulfur especially : mechlorethamine

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