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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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The stockpile includes between 2,500-5,000 tons of mustard gas, phosgene, blood agents, sarin, tabun and persistent nerve agents and can be delivered by long-range artillery, missiles, aircraft and naval vessels, it said.
These so-called nerve gases, which are actually all liquids at room temperature, are lethal far more quickly and in far lower concentrations than other classical chemical warfare agents such as vesicants, choking agents and blood agents, and are effective both when inhaled and when absorbed through the skin.
These so-called nerve gases, which are actually all liquids at room temperature, are lethal far more quickly and in far lower concentrations than other classical chemical warfare agents, such as vesicants, choking agents and blood agents, and are effective both when inhaled and when absorbed through the skin.
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