sa·​rin | \ˈsär-ən, ˈser-;zä-ˈrēn\

Definition of sarin 

: an extremely toxic chemical weapon C4H10FO2P that is used as a lethal nerve gas

called also GB

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These chemical attacks using sarin and chlorine have appalled the international community, and underscored the damage chemical weapons can do. Abigail Higgins, Vox, "10 ways the world is most likely to end, explained by scientists," 18 Oct. 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 Members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult left sarin, a deadly nerve agent, in plastic bags on subway cars and poked the bags with umbrellas before fleeing. Washington Post, "Long wait has ended in Japan for execution of cult leader," 6 July 2018 Second, the United States has acted to punish the Assad government for using chemical weapons such as sarin and chlorine gas on Syrian civilians. Amanda Erickson,, "Six basic questions about the war in Syria," 14 Apr. 2018 While chlorine works more slowly and is less efficient than sarin, both can kill. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "What Really Happened in the Douma Chemical Attack?," 12 Apr. 2018 Even a small drop on the skin of nerve agents like sarin can cause sweating and muscle twitching at point of contact. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Innovative project harnesses Legos and smartphones in the fight against invisible, deadly weapons," 13 July 2018 The group hoarded automatic weapons and recruited scientists as members to help develop chemical and biological weapons including sarin, VX, botulism and anthrax, according to Japan's National Police Agency. Author: Stuart Biggs, Gearoid Reidy, Anchorage Daily News, "Japan executes cult leader and 6 others for deadly 1995 sarin attack," 6 July 2018 The two substances – too toxic to be used as commercial insecticides in agriculture – became known as tabun and sarin. Simon Cotton, Scientific American, "Nerve Agents: What Are They and How Do They Work?," 9 Mar. 2018

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1951, in the meaning defined above

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sa·​rin | \ˈsär-ən, zä-ˈrēn \

Medical Definition of sarin 

: an extremely toxic chemical warfare agent C4H10FO2P that is a powerful cholinesterase inhibitor

called also GB

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