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[mass noun] Poison gas which causes blisters on and intense irritation to the skin.
- ‘Yes, there were plenty - for example two tons of liquid and half a million cubic feet of solid radioactive waste, plus 40,000 metric tons of nerve and blister gas.’
- ‘It said its troops had found 36 mortar shells that initial chemical weapons tests showed could contain blister gas.’
- ‘Operational Command said last night: ‘All the instruments [used in testing] showed indications of the same type of chemical compound, namely blister gas.’’
- ‘Some older shells were found just this past week with a blister gas agent, and we know the enemy strategy was to hide weapons caches throughout the country.’
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