Global & Disaster Medicine

Chemical agents: Live, Binary, and Dusty; what’s the difference?

ASIA Times

Binary: Chemical weapons wherein the toxic agent is not in its active state, but rather, the toxin is in the form of chemical  precursors that are physically separated within the weapon and combine after deployment to the active state.

A dusty agent is the dried powder form of a poison.

A “live” agent is fully mixed and fully activated once loaded into warheads or bombs.


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