nerve gas


Definition of nerve gas

: an organophosphate chemical weapon that may be inhaled, absorbed through the skin, or ingested and interferes with normal nerve transmission : nerve agent

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Recent Examples on the Web Modern phosphate, for fertilizers and other uses like in detergents and nerve gas, comes from the non-renewable source of rock. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Are We Reaching Peak Phosphorus? Maybe," 4 Nov. 2019 The American strikes were meant to disrupt bin Laden’s network and destroy some of al-Qaida’s infrastructure, such as a factory in Sudan associated with the production of a nerve gas ingredient. Hope Yen,, "Did Trump predict 9/11? Had ‘nobody ever heard of Osama bin Laden’ before the World Trade Center? No.," 29 Oct. 2019 The Clinton administration said the factory was producing nerve gas and that its operators were linked to al-Qaeda. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "The Age of Miscalculation," 19 Aug. 2019 The group set up a commune at the foot of Mount Fuji where Matsumoto preached to his followers and Aum’s scientists produced nerve gas. Alastair Gale, WSJ, "Japan Executes Leader of Doomsday Cult," 6 July 2018 Sarin is a deadly nerve gas originally developed by the Nazis. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "Former leader of Japanese doomsday cult hanged over 1995 sarin gas attack," 5 July 2018 Since taking office last year, Mr. Trump has twice ordered airstrikes in Syria after Mr. Assad was accused of using the banned nerve gas sarin in two separate attacks that killed scores of people. Raja Abdulrahim, WSJ, "Russia, Turkey to Create Buffer Zone in Syrian Opposition Stronghold," 17 Sep. 2018 Sarin nerve gas was then released in the city of Matsumoto, killing seven people in June 1994, and in Tokyo subway trains in March 1995, killing another 12 people. Washington Post,, "Japan executes Aum cult leader and six members linked to sarin gas attacks," 6 July 2018 Members of Aum Shinrikyo, an apocalyptic cult, had released nerve gas on the Tokyo subway. The Economist, "On the hanging of Shoko Asahara, Japan’s nerve-gas guru," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of nerve gas

1940, in the meaning defined above

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21 Nov 2019

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“Nerve gas.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of nerve gas

: a poisonous gas that is used as a weapon in war

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Medical Definition of nerve gas

: an organophosphate chemical weapon that may be inhaled, absorbed through the skin, or ingested and interferes with normal nerve transmission : nerve agent

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