sa·​rin | \ ˈsär-ən How to pronounce sarin (audio) , 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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Even as Nazi scientists were experimenting with new and potent poison gases, including nerve agents like sarin, some of which were manufactured by concentration camp prisoners, Hitler chose not to endorse their use against Allied soldiers. Lily Rothman, Time, "A Long, Brutal History of Chemical Weapons Lies Behind Trump's Decision to Order Airstrikes in Syria," 13 Apr. 2018 Novichok behaves slightly differently than other nerve agents, with some reports that the class of substances is deadlier than similar chemicals like sarin or VX and harder to identify. Washington Post, "UK says ex-spy poisoned with Soviet-developed nerve agent," 12 Mar. 2018 This is how trained specialists dispose of chemical weapons like sarin. Ian Haydon, Scientific American, "Enzymes versus Nerve Agents: Designing Antidotes for Chemical Weapons," 11 Apr. 2017 The use of sarin led to a U.S.-Russian agreement to eliminate Assad's chemical weapons, which averted U.S. military strikes against Syria. Fox News, "US, UK, France vow to act against new Syria chemical attacks," 21 Aug. 2018 Under intensifying scrutiny from the government, the cult plotted the larger sarin attack on the subways in Tokyo on March 20, 1995. Washington Post, "Cult leader executed for Japan sarin attacks still a mystery," 6 July 2018 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

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1951, in the meaning defined above

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sa·​rin | \ ˈsär-ən How to pronounce sarin (audio) , zä-ˈrēn How to pronounce sarin (audio) \

Medical Definition of sarin

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

called also GB

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