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 Doctors are using atropine, which is commonly used for nerve gas and pesticide poisonings, to treat Navalny. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "German doctors say tests show Putin critic was poisoned," 24 Aug. 2020 As fascism, separatism, and antisemitism seep into our common spaces like nerve gas, as populations gird for battle and retrench into familiar camps, new barracks are going up all around us. Elizabeth Svoboda, Longreads, "In Search of Etty Hillesum," 30 Apr. 2020 The charge releases a nerve gas that activates mucus membranes in the eyes, throat and lungs and causes pain, Jordt said. oregonlive, "Amid calls for ban on tear gas, Portland police deputy chief stands by its use," 5 June 2020 Aum first tried to assassinate Mr. Okawa, then later launched an attack on the Tokyo subway with sarin nerve gas, killing 13 and injuring thousands. Sam Kestenbaum, New York Times, "Inside the Fringe Japanese Religion That Claims It Can Cure Covid-19," 16 Apr. 2020 This air can be mixed with heated jet engine oil, hydraulic fluid and more, including certain chemical compounds that could also be found in insecticides, pesticides and nerve gases like Sarin gas. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "Lawsuit against Boeing alleges ‘dirty little secret’ on flight: Contaminated air," 31 Jan. 2020 The efforts to free Austin Tice stalled after the Syrian government’s nerve gas attack on civilians led Trump to approve missile strikes against a Syrian air base. Caitlin Yilek, Washington Examiner, "Mother of journalist believed to be held hostage in Syria accuses top US official of ‘stalling’ on freeing son," 27 Jan. 2020 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

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First Known Use of nerve gas

1940, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nerve gas was in 1940

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“Nerve gas.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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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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