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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Recent Examples on the Web The day before Adrian’s call, the eldest son of Kim Jong Il had been assassinated at the Kuala Lumpur airport, by two women who smeared a nerve agent on his face. Suki Kim, The New Yorker, "The Underground Movement Trying to Topple the North Korean Regime," 16 Nov. 2020 The United Kingdom, which accused Russia of using a Novichok nerve agent in a 2018 attack on former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the English city of Salisbury, supported Germany's demand for answers. Mike Corder, Star Tribune, "Germany and allies call for Russian answers on Navalny," 6 Oct. 2020 So began a pivotal, high-pressure gambit with four of Navalny's associates becoming forensic evidence hunters — recovering a hotel water bottle on which a German military laboratory later found traces of a Novichok group nerve agent. Washington Post, "Inside Room 239: How Alexei Navalny’s aides got crucial poisoning evidence out of Russia," 4 Oct. 2020 The nerve agent used in the attack was the same class of Soviet-era poison that Britain said was used on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, England, in 2018. David Rising And Daria Litvinova, chicagotribune.com, "Alexei Navalny released from German hospital after 32 days, following treatment for poisoning," 23 Sep. 2020 The Wisconsin senator suggested that Putin’s allies used a Novichok nerve agent in order to ensure that the attack would send a message to other potential opponents. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, "Senior GOP senator wants US to retaliate against Putin over Alexei Navalny poisoning," 9 Sep. 2020 British authorities had previously identified the nerve agent as the poison used to target former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in 2018 when the pair were staying in England. Peter Aitken, Fox News, "Germany suggests halt to Russia pipeline project, seeks cooperation with Navalny poisoning investigation," 6 Sep. 2020 German doctors assessing Navalny claim he was poisoned by a toxic nerve agent, but Russian officials have refused to accept blame for his mysterious illness. Spencer Neale, Washington Examiner, "EU issues travel ban and asset freeze for six Russians allegedly involved in Navalny poisoning," 15 Oct. 2020 The European Union plans to hit members of Russian President Vladimir Putin's inner circle with sanctions over the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny with a Soviet-era nerve agent, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. Harold Maass, TheWeek, "10 things you need to know today: October 15, 2020," 15 Oct. 2020

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1953, in the meaning defined above

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“Nerve agent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nerve%20agent. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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nerve agent

noun

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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