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Meaning of phosgene

phos•gene

Pronunciation: (fos'jēn, foz'-), [key]
— n. Chem.
  1. a poisonous, colorless, very volatile liquid or suffocating gas, COCl, a chemical-warfare compound: used chiefly in organic synthesis. Also called
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