inert gas

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That will have effects on things much more important than the party balloon industry; with a boiling point near absolute zero, the inert gas has all kinds of applications and uses in medicine and technology. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Researchers Have Found a Crucial Cache of Helium Underground in Africa," 28 June 2016 Nitrogen is an inert gas that makes up about 78 percent of the air people breathe. Mike Cason, AL.com, "Alabama's new method of execution has never been tried," 26 Mar. 2018 Nitrogen is one of several inert gases that can cause hypoxia, an oxygen deficiency that causes death. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Oklahoma plans to use new execution method," 14 Mar. 2018 Hunter said that people who die by inhalation of inert gases are dead within just a few minutes. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Oklahoma plans to use new execution method," 14 Mar. 2018 If oxygen does not displace the inert gas within the individual’s system, in just a few minutes, death will occur. Timothy Williams, New York Times, "Oklahoma Turns to Gas for Executions Amid Turmoil Over Lethal Injection," 14 Mar. 2018 Mainly, he is disregarded — like nitrogen, argon, and other invisible, inert gases. Deroy Murdock, National Review, "GOP Dysfunction Will Paralyze the Conservative Base in 2018," 27 Sep. 2017

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1898, in the meaning defined above

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inert gas

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