Lewisite is an arsenic substance that was created to be an effective vesicant or blister agent in chemical warfare. Yet, when pure, it is both colorless and odorless. It is typically met as an oily brown solution with a mild geranium-like odor. They can be employed as chemical warfare agents to cause casualties and to deny an area of operation.
It can be delivered as an aerosol, liquid, or vapor. The most common clinical effects of lewisite exposure are to the skin, eyes, and respiratory system, and these manifestations take place nearly immediately after contact.