Definition of vesicant in English:

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vesicant

Pronunciation: /ˈvɛsɪkənt/
/ˈviːsɪkənt/
technical

adjective

Tending to cause blistering.

noun

An agent that causes blistering.
Example sentences
  • Blister agents (vesicants) produce blisters all over your body.
  • Chemical agents appear in several types: choking agents that damage lung tissue, blood agents that cause vital organs to shut down, blister agents (also known as vesicants) that damage the skin, and - most lethal - nerve agents.
  • It should be further stated that this chemical known as Sanger's reagent is highly toxic, it is also a vesicant and cancer suspect agent, proper handling procedure should be strictly followed.

Origin

Late Middle English: from late Latin vesicant- 'forming pustules', from the verb vesicare, from vesica 'bladder'.

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