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sneeze gas,poison gaspoison gas,
any of various gases sometimes used in warfare or riot control because of their poisonous or corrosive nature. These gases may be roughly grouped according to the portal of entry into the body and their physiological effects.
..... Click the link for more information. used in riot control and chemical warfare. It is highly irritating to the nose and throat; inhalation of the substance causes sneezing and coughing, but rarely causes permanent injury. Mixed with CN (common tear gastear gas,
gas that causes temporary blindness through the excessive flow of tears resulting from irritation of the eyes. The gas is used in chemical warfare and as a means for dispersing mobs.
..... Click the link for more information. , chloroacetophenone), it is used by police for dispersing crowds. Chemically, it is diphenylamine chloroarsine; sneeze gas is prepared by heating diphenylamine with arsenic trichloride.
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