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blood a·gent

(blŭd ā'jĕnt)
Military name for cyanide compounds used as chemical agents. The name was applied because these agents are systemically distributed in the blood, but the term is no longer specific to cyanide compounds and also misleadingly implies that the site of action of these compounds is the blood. In fact, these compounds are cellular poisons.
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