Monday, May 18, 2015

Word of the day: vesicant

The word of the day is vesicant:

producing a blister or blisters, as a medicinal substance (

"The article describing the use of chemical weapons in warfare focuses almost exclusively on vesicants used by German and British forces during World War I.  But it omits mention of the equally or even more devastating chemical incendiary bombs and flamethrowers used in extensive U.S. and British air attacks on German and Japanese cities and forces during World War II, by U.S. forces in Korea, and by French and U.S. forces in Vietnam."

 - Manfred E. Wolff, 11 May 2015 Chemical & Engineering News (

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