from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An oily, volatile liquid, (ClCH2CH2)2S, that is corrosive to the skin and mucous membranes and causes severe, sometimes fatal respiratory damage. It was introduced in World War I as a chemical warfare agent.
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- n. A vesicant gas, bis (2-chloroethyl) sulfide, (ClC2H4)2S, once used in chemical warfare; one of the sulfur mustard class of compounds.
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- n. a toxic war gas with sulfide based compounds that raises blisters and attacks the eyes and lungs; there is no known antidote
Unfortunately, as can be expected from a chemical cleansing process originally designed during World War I as a treatment for mustard gas exposure, chelation comes with a significant amount of risk.
Murdock, Deroy, on waterboarding as source of pride mushroom cloud, smoking gun as mustard gas