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

Examples of nerve agent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 1971, the Soviet Union allegedly tried to poison Solzhenitsyn using a secret nerve agent, leaving him seriously ill. Washington Post, 28 Oct. 2021 Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were targeted in a nerve agent attack in March 2018 in the English city of Salisbury. Fox News, 21 Sep. 2021 The nerve agent used on Mr. Navalny, according to the German authorities, is a novel form of Novichok that until now was unknown to Western experts. Michael Schwirtz, New York Times, 6 Oct. 2020 The nerve agent Sarin caused multiple casualties in 1995 when it was released in the Tokyo subway. Robert Chilcott, Ars Technica, 5 Sep. 2020 The 45-year-old activist fell ill from a nerve agent poisoning last year and recuperated in Germany, then was promptly arrested upon his return to Moscow and later imprisoned. Arkansas Online, 21 Oct. 2021 Last year, Navalny nearly died from a nerve agent in an apparent poisoning. Joe Walsh, Forbes, 17 Apr. 2021 But considering that Putin recently attempted to murder Navalny with a Novichok-class nerve agent, the dissident faces serious threat of death in prison. Tom Rogan, Washington Examiner, 26 Feb. 2021 The study, published in Nature Biotechnology, describes adding cell-free sensors to elastics, textile threads and paper to detect the virus that causes COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2), Ebola virus, MRSA, a chemical nerve agent and more. Simon Makin, Scientific American, 9 Sep. 2021

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1953, in the meaning defined above

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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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