nerve agent


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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 Wiltshire Police officer was contaminated after going to the Skripals' home, where the nerve agent had been | Det Sgt Nick Bailey sprayed on a door handle.
On Feb 13, 2017, a VX-type nerve agent (possibly VR) was used in the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of the North Korean president Kim Jong-un, at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia.
Siti Aisyah was accused of smearing VX nerve agent on the face of Kim Jong Nam at an airport terminal in Kuala Lumpur in 2017.
London accused Moscow of ordering the killing by a nerve agent, but Russia denied the accusations.
London, April 6 (Petra)-- Russian former spy Sergei Skripal is no longer in a critical condition after being poisoned by a nerve agent, doctors have said.
Vladimir Putin RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin has called Sergei Skripal, the ex-spy who was poisoned with a military grade nerve agent in Britain, a traitor and a "scumbag".
While the standard treatment of atropine and oxime is essential after exposure to a nerve agent, these drugs are not neuroprotective.
The Salisbury branch of Italian chain Prezzo was locked down on Sunday over fears that Anna Shapiro, 30, and husband Alex King, 42, had been exposed to the nerve agent.
British officials had a more sinister explanation: Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov were highly trained military intelligence agents sent by the Kremlin to Salisbury to smear a deadly nerve agent on the front door of a former Russian spy.
WASHINGTON: US sanctions against Russia tied to a nerve agent attack in Britain, which were announced earlier this month, will officially take effect on Monday, according to a notice posted on Friday at the Federal Register.
"The technical assistance requested by the British authorities to 'independently confirm the identity of the nerve agent,' unfortunately, lacks transparency and attests to UK's arbitrary interpretation of the CWC," the diplomat said when asked to comment on a statement by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) on Britain's request for additional assistance from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to investigate the aforementioned incident, TASS reported.
Britain is ready to ask Russia to extradite two men it suspects of carrying out a nerve agent attack on a Russian former spy in the English city of Salisbury, the Guardian newspaper reported on Monday, citing government and security sources.