riot-control agent


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riot-control agent

[′rī·ət kən¦trōl ā·jənt]
(materials)
A chemical that produces temporary irritating or disabling effects when in contact with the eyes or when inhaled.
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Typically, riot-control agents are among those that are legal for controlling a civil population but cannot be employed against a combatant.
Military forces have used riot-control agents, defoliants, and rubber bullets for decades.
In addition, this convention bans the use of riot-control agents such as pepper spray as a method of warfare.