so·​man ˈsō-mən How to pronounce soman (audio)
often capitalized
: an extremely toxic chemical warfare agent C7H16FO2P similar to sarin in action

Example Sentences

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, 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, 31 Jan. 2020 There are also occasional daily specials, such as uni somen with cold dashi for dipping ($16). Janelle Bitker,, 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,, 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, 18 Dec. 2017

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Word History



First Known Use

1951, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of soman was in 1951

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Cite this Entry

“Soman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

Medical Definition



variants or 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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