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A poisonous liquid that is soluble in organic solvents, C5H11N2O2P, used as a nerve agent in chemical warfare.
[German, originally a code name.]
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(Elements & Compounds) an organic compound used in chemical warfare as a lethal nerve gas. Formula: C2H5OP(O)(CN)N(CH3)2
[C20: from German, of uncertain origin]
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|Noun||1.||tabun - the first known nerve agent, synthesized by German chemists in 1936; a highly toxic combustible liquid that is soluble in organic solvents and is used as a nerve gas in chemical warfare|
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
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