sarin

/ (ˈsærɪn) /

noun

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 for sarin

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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Science definitions for sarin

sarin
[ sârĭn ]

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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