One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An organophosphorus nerve gas, developed in Germany during the Second World War.
- ‘The chemicals, confiscated from Hitler's Third Reich at the end of the second world war, were mustard gas, phosgene, tabun and lewisite, all of which can inflict appalling injuries.’
- ‘This morning, the team tested a 20-gallon drum and received positive indications for sarin and tabun, two nerve agents.’
- ‘Although tabun can be destroyed by its reaction with bleaching powder, that reaction causes another chemical reaction that produces the deadly blood agent cyanogen chloride.’
- ‘For example, sodium cyanide is widely used for processing gold but it could also be used for making the nerve gas, tabun.’
- ‘However, it is sensitive to things like mustard gas, tabun and sarin.’
German, of unknown origin.
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