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blister agent

a chemical compound or preparation that causes the formation of skin blisters, mustard gas, used in World War I, was a blister agent.

blister agent

A vesicant, esp. any such agent (like mustard gas) used in chemical warfare.
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The use of blistering agents is not prohibited here and I have appealed.
The main chemicals found were mustard gas and an arsenic-based blistering agent called lewisite.
Initial tests on the 36 shells were thought to show they contained a blistering agent similar to First World War mustard gas.
Preliminary tests showed it to be a mixture of three chemicals, including a nerve agent and blistering agent.
Several hundred men from a North Carolina-based Army engineer battalion were in an area where a demolition team blew up a bunker that may have contained Iraqi rockets tipped with the nerve agent sarin and a mustard blistering agent.