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lewisite

Pronunciation: lu'i-sit

Definition: A toxic gas used in warfare. It is a vesicant, a lung irritant like mustard gas; a systemic poison entering the circulation through the lungs or skin, and a mitotic poison arresting mitosis in the metaphase; dimercaprol is the antidote.

[W. Lee Lewis]

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