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sarin

noun
  1. isopropyl methylphosphono-fluoridate: used in chemical warfare as a lethal nerve gas producing asphyxia. Formula: CH 3 P(O)(F)OCH(CH 3) 2

Word Origin

C20: from German, from the surnames of its inventors, S (chrader), A (mbrose), R (udinger), and (van der L) in (de)
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n.

type of odorless nerve gas, 1945, from German, but the name is of unknown origin. Other phosphorous compounds known in Germany by the end of World War II were called Tabun, soman, Diglykol.

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sarin in Science

sarin

[sârĭn]
  1. A poisonous liquid that inhibits the body's ability to catalyze acetylcholine. It is used as a nerve gas in chemical warfare. Chemical formula: C4H10FO2P.
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