poison gas

Definitions of poison gas
  1. noun
    a gas that is poisonous to breath or contact; used in chemical warfare
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    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
    VX gas
    a highly lethal nerve agent used in chemical warfare; a toxic liquid that penetrates the skin or lungs to disrupt the nervous system and stop respiration; in combat VX gas is deployed by detonating a container over the target area and can persist in the environment up to several weeks after release
    organophosphate nerve agent
    any of a series of nerve agents containing organophosphate compounds first synthesized by German chemists in 1936; in World War II the Germans tested them in concentration camps but not on the battlefield; Iraq is alleged to have used them against Iran and against the Kurds
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    chemical weapon
    chemical substances that can be delivered using munitions and dispersal devices to cause death or severe harm to people and animals and plants
    gas
    a fluid in the gaseous state having neither independent shape nor volume and being able to expand indefinitely
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