(Science: chemical) A vesicant and necrotizing irritant destructive to mucous membranes. It was formerly used as a war gas. The hydrochloride is used as an antineoplastic in Hodgkin’s disease and lymphomas. It causes severe gastrointestinal and bone marrow damage.
Pharmacological action: alkylating agents, antineoplastic agent-alkylating, chemical warfare agents, irritants.
Chemical name: Ethanamine, 2-chloro-N-(2-chloroethyl)-N-methyl-