nerve agent

noun

Definition of nerve agent 

: a toxic, usually odorless organophosphate (such as sarin, tabun, or VX) that is used as a chemical weapon in gaseous or liquid form, disrupts the transmission of nerve impulses, and may cause breathing difficulties, coughing, vomiting, muscle weakness or paralysis, convulsions, coma, and death : nerve gas

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British authorities believe the Novichok nerve agent was hidden in a Nina Ricci perfume bottle. Dustin Volz, WSJ, "West Accuses Russia of Persistent Campaign of Hacking by the Kremlin," 4 Oct. 2018 Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned last March by the military-grade nerve agent Novichok. Madeleine Ngo, Vox, "A top Republican rebuked Trump for missing his deadline to hit Russia with sanctions," 26 July 2018 Britain's senior counter-terrorism police official Neil Basu said police do not know whether the nerve agent came from the same batch that left the Skripals fighting for their lives. Matt Dunham And Gregory Katz, chicagotribune.com, "2nd nerve agent poisoning likely not deliberate, British police say," 5 July 2018 How quickly a nerve agent kills someone depends on how it is delivered and how much. Ciara Nugent, Time, "'There Will Be Severe Pain.' What to Know About the New Novichok Nerve Agent Poisoning in the U.K.," 5 July 2018 However, Lavrov lashed out at Norway for arresting a Russian suspected of espionage, and derided Britain's prime minister for new accusations against Russia over a nerve agent attack in Britain earlier this year. Fox News, "Russia seeks to counter US weight as Lavrov takes UN stage," 28 Sep. 2018 Some of those shells may still contain deadly nerve agents. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Unexploded WWII bomb forces mass evacuation in Berlin," 20 Apr. 2018 A day earlier, police found a bottle believed to be the source of the nerve agent that killed Dawn Sturgess and sickened Charlie Rowley in Amesbury. BostonGlobe.com, "6 dead after attackers target presidential palace," 14 July 2018 British detectives investigating the poisoning of two people by the nerve agent Novichok in southwestern England said Friday that a small bottle found in the home of one of the victims tested positive for the deadly substance. Gregory Katz, chicagotribune.com, "Bottle containing nerve agent found in home of poisoned man in U.K., police say," 13 July 2018

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nerve agent

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Medical Definition of nerve agent 

: a toxic, usually odorless organophosphate (such as sarin, tabun, or VX) that disrupts the transmission of nerve impulses by inhibiting cholinesterase and especially acetylcholinesterase and is used as a chemical weapon in gaseous or liquid form : nerve gas

Note: Nerve agents may be inhaled, absorbed through the skin, or ingested in contaminated food or water. Symptoms of exposure include runny nose, increased salivation, sweating, breathing difficulties, coughing, vomiting, muscle weakness or paralysis, convulsions, coma, and respiratory arrest leading to death.

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