Definition of tabun in English:



  • An organophosphorus nerve gas, developed in Germany during World War II.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


German, of unknown origin.