Definition of tabun in English:

tabun

noun

  • [mass noun] An organophosphorus nerve gas, developed in Germany during the Second World War.

    • ‘For example, sodium cyanide is widely used for processing gold but it could also be used for making the nerve gas, tabun.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, it is sensitive to things like mustard gas, tabun and sarin.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

German, of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

tabun

/ˈtɑːbʊn/