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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An earlier sarin gas attack by the cult in central Japan in 1994 killed seven people. Alastair Gale, WSJ, "Japan Executes Leader of Doomsday Cult," 6 July 2018 Asahara's convictions included not only the deaths of the sarin victims in 1995, but also the assassinations in 1989 of an anti-cult lawyer who was seeking to sue Aum Shinrikyo, along with his wife and their child. NBC News, "Founder of doomsday cult behind deadly 1995 Tokyo subway gas attack executed in Japan," 6 July 2018 Days after the Latamneh strikes, sarin was used in an attack at nearby Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib province, killing scores. Washington Post, "World Digest: June 13, 2018," 13 June 2018 The Syrian government is believed to have used sarin and chlorine gas on a number of occasions. Rick Noack, Washington Post, "Investigators may finally be allowed access to the Syria chemical attack site. Here’s what they’d try to do.," 17 Apr. 2018 The White House intended the strike to deter Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from using chemical weapons after a suspected attack using sarin and chlorine gas killed dozens of people last week in the rebel stronghold of Douma, east of Damascus. Phil Mccausland /, NBC News, "Putin warns of global 'crisis' after U.S.-led strike on Syria," 15 Apr. 2018 In that case, officials said, there was clear evidence that Syria had used sarin — evidence that is apparently not as clear this time. Alexandra Zavis,, "Pentagon slow-rolls Syria strike, worried about the evidence and legal basis for attack," 13 Apr. 2018 Japan executed Shoko Asahara, the leader of the doomsday cult responsible for the 1995 sarin-gas attack on Tokyo's subway that killed 13 people and sickened thousands. Author: Stuart Biggs, Gearoid Reidy, Anchorage Daily News, "Japan executes cult leader and 6 others for deadly 1995 sarin attack," 6 July 2018 On April 4, 2017, the Syrian regime conducted another sarin-gas massacre, killing some 100 people. James Taranto, WSJ, "Obama’s ‘Red Line’ Debacle From the Inside," 8 June 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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