ta·​bun | \ ˈtä-ˌbu̇n How to pronounce tabun (audio) \

Definition of tabun

: an extremely toxic chemical warfare agent C5H11N2O2P similar to sarin in action

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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, "Nerve Agents: What Are They and How Do They Work?," 9 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of tabun

1948, in the meaning defined above

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

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Medical Definition of tabun

: a liquid organic phosphorus ester C5H11N2O2P that acts as a nerve gas

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