Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A poisonous combustible liquid that is soluble in organic solvents, C5H11N2O2P, used as a nerve gas in chemical warfare.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An extremely toxic nerve agent; a clear, tasteless liquid, molecular formula C5H11N2O2P.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the first known nerve agent, synthesized by German chemists in 1936; a highly toxic combustible liquid that is soluble in organic solvents and is used as a nerve gas in chemical warfare

Etymologies

German, originally a code name.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
German, a code name. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Just a few droplets of chemical nerve agents such as tabun, sarin and VX will kill within minutes if inhaled or within hours if absorbed through the skin.

    Iraq: Weapons of Mass Destruction

  • He named the chemical "tabun" and communicated his findings to Army Weapons Office in Berlin.

    OUPblog

  • This facility has been involved in, among many other things, "an extensive effort to identify practical methods of synthesis for nerve gases (such as tabun, sarin, and VX) and other organophosphorus and fluorine compounds." (

    WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

  • The explosions, which unleashed "a deadly cocktail of mustard gas and the nerve agents tabun, sarin, and VX," were part of Hussein's larger "scorched earth offensive" against Iraqi Kurds during the Iran-Iraq War.

    Dan Reimold: A New Voice for Iraq, Thanks to Student Journalism

  • Saddam "had had" biological and chemical weapons, including sarin, tabun, and VX; he'd used them pretty openly in the Iran-Iraq war and his suppression of the Kurdish uprising.

    Thompson: Saddam "Clearly" Had WMD And A Nuke Program

  • These included such notorious chemical warfare agents as sarin, soman and tabun gases, all of which are still manufactured today. ...

    Monsanto Investigator in Illinois Laughs They Are Doing 'Rural Cleansing'

  • Just before World War II, German scientists looking for a better insecticide developed the first nerve gas, tabun, which led to deadlier agents called sarin and VX.

    The Terrors Of Toxins

  • According to declarations made by Iraq, in the period from 1981 to 1991 the chemical weapon programme produced approximately 3,850 tons of the chemical warfare agents mustard, tabun, sarin and VX, the report states.

    Think Progress » ThinkFast AM: July 10, 2006

  • Even after more than half a century on the seabed the shells 'contents -- mostly mustard gas and lewisite (both blister agents), as well as the nerve gas tabun -- may still be deadly.

    Roiling the Baltic Waters

  • "When Saddam bombed Kurdish rebels and civilians with a lethal cocktail of mustard gas, sarin, tabun, and VX in 1988, the Reagan administration first blamed Iran, before acknowledging that the culprits were Saddam's own forces," explained reporters Christopher Dickey and Evan Thomas.

    America's March Madness

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