- a colourless oily poisonous liquid with an odour resembling that of geraniums, having a powerful vesicant action and used as a war gas; 1-chloro-2-dichloroarsinoethene. Formula: ClCH:CHAsCl2
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lew•is•ite (lo̅o̅′ə sīt′),USA pronunciation n.
- Chemistrya pale yellow, odorless compound, C2H2AsCl3, used as a blister gas in World War I.
- 1920–25; named after Winford Lee Lewis (1878–1943), American chemist who developed it; see -ite1
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lewisite /ˈluːɪˌsaɪt/ n
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