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

Examples of tabun in a Sentence

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



First Known Use

1948, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tabun was in 1948

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“Tabun.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


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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