One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Tending to cause blistering.
An agent that causes blistering.
- ‘Spanish Fly refers to beautiful, iridescent green insects, Cantharis vesicatoria, which contain cantharidin, which is both a vesicant (causes blisters) and a diuretic.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Blister agents (vesicants) produce blisters all over your body.’
- ‘The drugs that can cause injection site reactions are divided into 2 types: irritants and vesicants.’
Late Middle English: from late Latin vesicant- ‘forming pustules’, from the verb vesicare, from vesica ‘bladder’.
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