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nerve agent

n.
Any of various poisonous compounds, dispersed in vapor or aerosol form, that interfere with the functioning of nerves by inhibiting acetylcholinesterase. Also called nerve gas.

nerve agent

A potentially lethal chemical agent which interferes with the transmission of nerve impulses.
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Noun1.nerve agent - a toxic gas that is inhaled or absorbed through the skin and has harmful effects on the nervous and respiratory system
agent - a substance that exerts some force or effect
VX gas - a highly lethal nerve agent used in chemical warfare; a toxic liquid that penetrates the skin or lungs to disrupt the nervous system and stop respiration; in combat VX gas is deployed by detonating a container over the target area and can persist in the environment up to several weeks after release; "VX gas is one of those things we wish we could disinvent"
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
poison gas - a gas that is poisonous to breath or contact; used in chemical warfare
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The use of nerve agents as a weapon under any circumstances is unacceptable and its use by a state will constitute a serious violation of international law," China's state-run news agency Xinhua reported, citing UN spokesman Farhan Haq as saying in a press briefing.
Prime Minister Theresa May said it was "highly likely" Moscow for the attack was to blame after British officials identified the substance as being part of the Novichok group of nerve agents which were developed by the Soviet military during the 1970s and 1980s.
One chemical weapons expert said last night that Novichok was delivered in powder form and -- unlike other nerve agents -- its effects are delayed after exposure.
May confirmed suspicions that Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with a toxin which is part of a group of nerve agents known as "Novichok" and developed by Russia.
Novichok refers to a class of nerve agents developed in the Soviet Union near the end of the Cold War.
She said British officials had identified the substance as being part of the Novichok group of nerve agents that were developed by the Soviet military during the 1970s and 1980s.
Toxic nerve agents bind to and inhibit a chemical that sends messages to muscles so they do not contract and relax properly.
All nerve agents block essential messages from nerves to muscles, so muscles fail and do not contract and relax.
Most military powers, including Britain and the US, make nerve agents.
Nerve agents, which are chemical weapons, have been used in assassinations and attacks in war zones in recent years.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention calls nerve agents the most toxic of all chemical warfare weapons.
It functions as a natural bioscavenger to absorb toxins such as organophosphorous compounds, including nerve agents and certain pesticides, before they cause irreversible neurological damage.