arsenic trioxide

noun

ar·​se·​nic trioxide ˌärs-nik-, -ᵊn-ik- How to pronounce arsenic trioxide (audio)
: a poisonous trioxide of arsenic As2O3 or As4O6 that is administered intravenously to treat some forms of leukemia and in minute doses is used as a homeopathic remedy

Note: Arsenic trioxide is typically obtained as a by-product from the roasting of arsenic-containing ores and is used especially as a rodenticide and weed killer.

called also arsenic, arsenious acid, arsenious oxide, white arsenic

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“Arsenic trioxide.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/arsenic%20trioxide. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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