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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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 In addition to the eight people killed, hundreds were injured by the colorless, odorless nerve gas. Author: Stuart Biggs, Gearoid Reidy, Anchorage Daily News, "Japan executes cult leader and 6 others for deadly 1995 sarin attack," 6 July 2018 North Korea is also believed to possess large stores of germ weapons and nerve gas, like the kind used to assassinate Mr. Kim’s half brother in an attack last year in Malaysia. David E. Sanger And William J. Broad, New York Times, "Verifying the End of a Nuclear North Korea ‘Could Make Iran Look Easy’," 6 May 2018 The attack also came less than a month after Syrian forces were accused of launching an attack, allegedly with chlorine and nerve gas, on a Damascus suburb on April 7. Sune Engel Rasmussen, WSJ, "Missile Strikes on Syrian Military Base Kill Dozens," 30 Apr. 2018 But McKenzie said Syrian forces could not have moved all the equipment and precursor chemicals necessary to produce nerve gas and other weaponized chemical agents. Tracy Wilkinson,, "Trump declares 'Mission Accomplished!' with Syria airstrikes as Assad holds on to power," 14 Apr. 2018 After British authorities had accused Moscow of using a lethal nerve gas against a former Russian double agent and his daughter in southern England last month, for example, Trump spoke to Putin by phone and invited him to the White House. Laura King,, "Trump warns of 'big price' for suspected poison gas attack in Syria," 8 Apr. 2018

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1940, in the meaning defined above

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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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