Definition of lewisite in English:

Share this entry

lewisite

Pronunciation: /ˈluːɪsʌɪt/

noun

[mass noun]
A dark oily liquid producing an irritant gas that causes blisters, developed for use in chemical warfare.
Example sentences
  • This target list usually included sarin, soman, mustard, lewisite, cyclosarin, and fats, oils and wax to name a few.
  • Among the CW agents produced were phosgene, mustard, lewisite, hydrogen cyanide, and diphenyl cyanarsine.
  • The chemicals, confiscated from Hitler's Third Reich at the end of the second world war, were mustard gas, phosgene, tabun and lewisite, all of which can inflict appalling injuries.

Origin

1920s: named after Winford L. Lewis (1878–1943), American chemist.

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.