arsenicnoun [ U ]uk /ˈɑː.sən.ɪk/ us /ˈɑːr.sən.ɪk/ symbol As
- All of Mary’s victims apparently died from stomach illnesses, but in fact this condition has very similar symptoms to the deadly poison arsenic.
- Arsenic could be used secretly and provided very little in the way of evidence.
- By the 8th century CE, Arabian doctors had found ways to produce arsenic so that it was clear and had little smell, making it almost unnoticeable and very popular.
- In fact, arsenic became so widely used among the rich and powerful, as a convenient way to deal with opponents, that it eventually became known as “inheritance powder.”
- In the 19th century, arsenic was freely available and was often used as a cleaning product.
- People said that Lucrezia Borgia kept arsenic in a special ring.
- Substances like arsenic were commonly found in rat poison, cosmetics that women used, and cleaning products.
- With her back turned, she opened the ring and secretly poured the arsenic into her victims’ drinks.