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Oleoresin capsicum (OC), a mixture of the resin and essential oil of the cayenne pepper plant, developed in the 1980s as a dog repellent and later adapted for personal defence and crowd control, sprayed as an aerosol causing immediate but temporary inflammation (rather than irritation as with other incapacitants) of the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs, with accompanying pain, blindness, and breathing difficulty. Compare BZ gas, CN gas, CS gas, Mace, tear gas.

Subjects: Psychology.

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