tabun

noun

ta·​bun ˈtä-ˌbu̇n How to pronounce tabun (audio)
: an extremely toxic chemical warfare agent C5H11N2O2P similar to sarin in action

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The two substances – too toxic to be used as commercial insecticides in agriculture – became known as tabun and sarin. Simon Cotton, Scientific American, 9 Mar. 2018

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Word History

Etymology

German

First Known Use

1948, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tabun was in 1948

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Cite this Entry

“Tabun.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tabun. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Medical Definition

tabun

noun

ta·​bun ˈtä-ˌbu̇n How to pronounce tabun (audio)
: a liquid organic phosphorus ester C5H11N2O2P that acts as a nerve gas

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