noun[mass noun] Chemistry
A colourless poisonous gas made by the reaction of chlorine and carbon dioxide. It was used as a poison gas, notably in the First World War.
More example sentences
- New agents, notably phosgene (an asphyxiating agent) and mustard (a blister agent called a vesicant), had been developed and used.
- The primary gaseous agents used were chlorine, phosgene, a combination of the two, and mustard gas.
- However, its immediate precursor compound, thiodiglycol, is used industrially, although in quantities that don't come anywhere near chlorine or phosgene.
Definition of phosgene in:
- The US English dictionary