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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Britain has said the toxin, which also poisoned a British police officer who attended the scene, was Novichok, a lethal nerve agent first developed by the Soviet military.
US president Donald Trump, French president Emmanuel Macron and German chancellor Angela Merkel joined Theresa May to condemn the Kremlin over the Novichok nerve agent poisoning.
Targeting Sergei Skripal by applying a military-grade nerve agent constitutes the first offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since the Second World War, the four countries said in a joint statement.
It expressed profound concern over reports about the supposed use of a nerve agent in the United Kingdom and called on all parties concerned to cooperate in the investigation of this incident in conformity with their liabilities under the Chemical Weapons Convention.
She had given Moscow until midnight on Tuesday to explain how the Soviet-made Novichok nerve agent came to be deployed on the streets of Salisbury, saying either the Russian state was responsible or had lost control of a stock of the substance.
London/New York, Jumada II 27, 1439, March 15, 2018, SPA -- Russia accused Prime Minister Theresa May of creating a "hysterical atmosphere" after she expelled 23 of its diplomats from Britain in retaliation for a nerve agent attack that London believes was orchestrated by Moscow.
Statement by Ambassador Jonathan Allen, Charg dAffaires, at a UN Security Council Briefing on a nerve agent attack in Salisbury.
Summary: New York [United States] March 15 (ANI): UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has condemned the use of a nerve agent in an attack in Britain on a former Russian spy and branded it as "unacceptable.
IT IS "highly likely" that Russia was behind the nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, Theresa May told MPs yesterday.
London/Moscow: The nerve agent that poisoned Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia is one of the most deadly chemical weapons ever developed and was produced in secret by the former Soviet Union.
NNA - Russia will only cooperate with Britain on the investigation into last week's poisoning of an ex-Russian spy and his daughter if it receives samples of the nerve agent that is believed to have been used, Russia's foreign minister said Tuesday.