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A poisonous liquid, C4H10FO2P, that inhibits the activity of acetylcholinesterase and is used as a nerve agent in chemical warfare.
[German, originally a code name.]
(Military) isopropyl methylphosphono-fluoridate: used in chemical warfare as a lethal nerve gas producing asphyxia. Formula: CH3P(O)(F)OCH(CH3)2
[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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|Noun||1.||sarin - a highly toxic chemical nerve agent that inhibits the activity of cholinesterase|
organophosphate nerve agent - any of a series of nerve agents containing organophosphate compounds first synthesized by German chemists in 1936; in World War II the Germans tested them in concentration camps but not on the battlefield; Iraq is alleged to have used them against Iran and against the Kurds