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mus·tard gas (HD),

a poisonous vesicating gas introduced in World War I; it is the progenitor of the so-called nitrogen mustards; used in chemical warfare; a known carcinogen.
Synonym(s): di, mustard (2) , sulfur mustard
One of a class of cytotoxic, vesicant chemical warfare agents which form large blisters on exposed skin and respiratory tract mucosa. In addition to vesicle formation, mustard gas is mutagenic and carcinogenic and stores long term in fat.

mus·tard gas

(mŭs'tărd gas)
A commonly used term for the vesicating chemical-warfare agent sulfur mustard, even though sulfur mustard is usually encountered as a solid, a liquid, or a vapor and does not boil until 217°C (423°F).
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It was becoming apparent to the Army that mustard gas could be the deciding factor in who would win the war.
Boyer, the hospital can handle just about any poisoning or chemical weapon injury, even one like the New Bedford mustard gas victim, that hadn't been seen in this country in six years.
Khateri said the government had registered at least 55,000 survivors of Iraqi chemical attacks, 7,000 of them civilians, but the true figure was higher because many people exposed to low levels of mustard gas only developed symptoms years later.
Since there are rare documents about the number of lymphocytes in spleen after exposure of mustard gas, therefore the aim of this study was evaluation of the lymphocytes number in the rat's spleen after 24 hours of exposure of mustard gas.
ANSWERS: 1 Newcastle-under-Lyme; 2 Orange Peel; 3 Crescent-shaped; 4 Mustard gas; 5 1960; 6 Blue Moon; 7 On His/Her Majesty's Service; 8 Absolute zero; 9 Lancashire; 10 1948.
At two depots--in Tooele, Utah, and Umatilla, Ore., officials recently discovered that possibly thousands of mustard gas containers may have been contaminated by mercury, and the Army now must find ways to prevent the mercury from being released into the atmosphere when the mustard is destroyed.
Saddam was a great guy to the Americans when he was compliant and his requests for mustard gas and all sorts of weapons were supplied.
Naranjo, a Vietnam veteran who became a renowned sculptor; Alfred Pugh, a 108-year-old World War I veteran who suffered lifelong disabilities resulting from mustard gas exposure during the Meusse-Argonne offensive; and Felecia Weston, a Gulf War veteran wounded in a SCUD missile attack who has dedicated herself to helping other disabled veterans as a DAV National Service Officer.
Chemical retaliatory plans during World War II called for using mustard gas (H) and phosgene (CG) aerial bombs (the most successful chemical agents used during World War I).
Thoughtless use by the media of the phrase "Weapons of Mass Destruction" and the acronym "WMD" allowed the Bush administration and others pushing for war in Iraq to conflate mustard gas and hydrogen bombs.
The main chemicals found were mustard gas and an arsenic-based blistering agent called lewisite.
At some time in the past it had acquired a patina of (it is assumed) mustard gas. Well, being a warm day this soldier was sweating, which meant that his pores were open.