noun, often capitalized
so·​man | \ ˈsō-mən How to pronounce soman (audio) \

Definition of soman

: an extremely toxic chemical warfare agent C7H16FO2P similar to sarin in action

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Recent Examples on the Web Farha’s cloth specifically destroys the nerve agents VX and soman, also known as GD, which is a more toxic relative of sarin. Sophia Chen, Wired, "This Cloth Destroys Deadly Nerve Agents in Minutes," 4 Feb. 2020 Affordable meal seats include a big basket of delicate white somen noodles (about $5 per basket) that are dumped into the swirling water and scooped out with chopsticks. Washington Post, "On Japan’s Kyushu Island, an untouristed gem," 31 Jan. 2020 There are also occasional daily specials, such as uni somen with cold dashi for dipping ($16). Janelle Bitker,, "Family brings Japanese cafe vibes to San Francisco," 1 Oct. 2019 An off-kilter vibe carried from the reception to the food, with skinny somen noodles supporting chewy abalone and a spring of junsai, a memorably slimy vegetable available only in late spring. Michael Russell,, "Portland’s Nodoguro is one of America’s most exclusive Japanese restaurants (2019 review)," 3 Aug. 2019 In 2012, South Korea estimated the North had between 2,500 and 5,000 metric tons of chemical arms, including mustard gas, hydrogen cyanide, and highly lethal nerve agents including sarin, soman, and VX. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Army Is Training to Explore, Fight in North Korea’s Maze of Tunnels," 18 Dec. 2017

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1951, in the meaning defined above

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“Soman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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so·​man | \ ˈsō-mən \
variants: or Soman

Medical Definition of soman

: an extremely toxic chemical warfare agent C7H16FO2P with potent anticholinesterase activity that is used especially as a nerve gas and that in large doses may result in loss of consciousness, convulsions, paralysis, and failure of the respiratory system

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