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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Britain has insisted that the Russian government was behind the nerve agent poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter March 4 in the English city of Salisbury, a charge the Russians vehemently deny. Jim Heintz And Gregory Katz, chicagotribune.com, "Russia, U.S. envoys return to their respective countries as East-West tensions rise," 31 Mar. 2018 More than 100 detectives have been working alongside local officers to locate a small vial or other container thought to have held the nerve agent that sickened the two. chicagotribune.com, "Woman exposed to same nerve agent used on ex-Russian spy in England dies; police open murder investigation," 9 July 2018 Last week, two British citizens became ill from exposure to the same nerve agent, Novichok, at a nearby location — with one of them dying over the weekend. Jonathan Allen /, NBC News, "Trump's European trip: Trade wars, Brexit chaos — and a Russia quandary," 10 July 2018 Britain accused Russia of poisoning the Skripals with the nerve agent, which the Soviet armed forces developed during the cold war. The Economist, "A new Novichok poisoning in Britain," 5 July 2018 Uglev pointed out Novichok is in fact a group of four nerve agents, each named after the year they were created. Brendan Cole, Newsweek, "Russian Novichok Developer Says There Is No Antidote so Sergei Skripal and His Daughter Will Die," 21 Mar. 2018 The gas, which is actually suspended particles of nerve agent, causes the civilians it is used upon to choke, experience burning sensations, and, in some cases, causes (hopefully temporary) blindness. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "If You're Defending Tear Gassing Children, You're a Horrible Person," 28 Nov. 2018 One of the two people recently exposed to the Novichok nerve agent in Britain died in hospital, prompting police to launch a murder inquiry. The Economist, "Politics this week," 12 July 2018 The United Nations concludes nearly a year later that Assad is using chemical weapons, including nerve agent sarin, with children among the casualties. Dennis Romero /, NBC News, "From Arab Spring to chemical attacks: A timeline of the Syrian conflict," 14 Apr. 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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