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chemical weapon

Definitions of chemical weapon
  1. noun
    chemical substances that can be delivered using munitions and dispersal devices to cause death or severe harm to people and animals and plants
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    chemical bomb, gas bomb
    a bomb laden with chemical agents that are released when the bomb explodes
    pepper spray
    a nonlethal aerosol spray made with the pepper derivative oleoresin capiscum; used to cause temporary blindness and incapacitate an attacker; also used as a bear deterrent
    poison gas
    a gas that is poisonous to breath or contact; used in chemical warfare
    lachrymator, lacrimator, tear gas, teargas
    a gas that makes the eyes fill with tears but does not damage them; used in dispersing crowds
    CS gas, chlorobenzylidenemalononitrile
    a tear gas that is stronger than CN gas but wears off faster; can be deployed by grenades or cluster bombs; can cause skin burns and fatal pulmonary edema
    CN gas, chloroacetophenone
    a tear gas that is weaker than CS gas but lasts longer
    nitrochloromethane
    gaseous form of chloropicrin used as tear gas
    blistering agent, dichloroethyl sulfide, mustard agent, mustard gas, sulfur mustard
    a toxic war gas with sulfide based compounds that raises blisters and attacks the eyes and lungs; there is no known antidote
    nerve agent, nerve gas
    a toxic gas that is inhaled or absorbed through the skin and has harmful effects on the nervous and respiratory system
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    W.M.D., WMD, weapon of mass destruction
    a weapon that kills or injures civilian as well as military personnel (nuclear and chemical and biological weapons)
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