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

Examples of nerve gas in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These surfaces can attract and bind with many simple gas molecules such as methane, hydrogen and water, as well as more complex compounds, including pollutants and nerve gas agents. Steven Ashley, Scientific American, 17 Nov. 2021 Blumenthal also expressed his support the COST of War Act, a bipartisan bill introduced to Congress this year which would expand health benefits for veterans who were exposed to toxic substances like nerve gas or radiation during their service. Seamus Mcavoy,, 11 Nov. 2021 This happened back in 2003, when the country was especially antsy over anthrax, nerve gas and other evil pathogens. Washington Post, 20 Oct. 2021 Over the years, Fort Detrick has housed some of the world’s deadliest substances, from the Ebola virus to nerve gas to anthrax. Colin Campbell,, 21 July 2021 Adorning the walls are dozens of Impressionist-style paintings with a Western flavor, the work of Lee Kannally, who suffered nerve gas poisoning in World War I and developed tremors. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 17 July 2021 The ministry also said that some of the dead who arrived at Dar Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City were suspected to have been killed by nerve gas. Morgan Winsor And Hatem Maher, ABC News, 13 May 2021 Chlorpyrifos was first developed as a nerve gas in World War II. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 Apr. 2021 Doctors are using atropine, which is commonly used for nerve gas and pesticide poisonings, to treat Navalny. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, 24 Aug. 2020

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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 18 Jan. 2022.

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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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