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arsenic trioxide
n : a white powdered poisonous trioxide of arsenic; used in manufacturing glass and as a pesticide and weed killer [syn: arsenic, arsenous anhydride, arsenous oxide]




Arsenic trioxide is an inorganic compound with the formula . This commercially important oxide of arsenic is the main precursor to other arsenic compounds, including organoarsenic compounds. Approximately 50,000 tonnes are produced annually. Many applications are controversial given the high toxicity of arsenic compounds.

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A substance that induces programmed cell death (apoptosis) in certain cancer cells. It belongs to the family of drugs called antineoplastics. 

Noun
1. a white powdered poisonous trioxide of arsenic; used in manufacturing glass and as a pesticide and weed killer
(synonym) arsenic, arsenous anhydride, arsenous oxide
(hypernym) trioxide


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