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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

type of odorless nerve gas, 1945, from German, but the name is of unknown origin. Other phosphorous compounds known in Germany by the end of World War II were called Tabun, soman, Diglykol.


n. The neurotoxin O-isopropyl methylphosphonofluoridate, used as a chemical weapon.


n. a highly toxic chemical nerve agent that inhibits the activity of cholinesterase [syn: GB]


Sarin, or GB ( G-series, 'B'), is a colorless, odorless liquid, used as a chemical weapon owing to its extreme potency as a nerve agent. It is generally considered as a weapon of mass destruction. Production and stockpiling of sarin was outlawed as of April 1997 by the Chemical Weapons Convention of 1993, and it is classified as a Schedule 1 substance. In June 1994, the UN Special Commission on Iraqi disarmament destroyed the nerve agent sarin under Security Council resolution 687 (1991) concerning the disposal of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.

Sarin is an organophosphorus compound with the formula (CH)CHO]CHP(O)F. It can be lethal even at very low concentrations, where death can occur within one to ten minutes after direct inhalation of a lethal dose, due to suffocation from lung muscle paralysis, unless some antidotes, typically atropine and an oxime, such as pralidoxime, are quickly administered. People who absorb a non-lethal dose, but do not receive immediate medical treatment, may suffer permanent neurological damage.

Sarin (disambiguation)

Sarin is a nerve agent.

Sarin may also refer to:

  • Sarin (star), a name for the star Delta Herculis, the third brightest star in the constellation of Hercules.
  • Sarin, Iran (disambiguation), places in Iran
  • Sarin, a short-lived harsh industrial/noise band side-project of Stephen O'Malley

Usage examples of "sarin".

I would feel if he told me Sarin was a German gas, and had no counterpart in the Allied arsenal.

Depending on weather conditions, Sarin could lie in the streets for days, coating sidewalks, windows, grass, food, anything.

Polish Resistance managed to smuggle a sample of Sarin out of a camp in northern Germany.

And according to the reports, Soman is to Sarin as Sarin is to phosgene.

During the past forty minutes, he had sat mostly in silence, chain-smoking Lucky Strikes while the prime minister painted nightmare scenarios of the eleventh-hour appearance of Sarin and Soman on the D-day beaches.

The sample of Sarin came from a remote SS camp built solely for the purpose of manufacturing and testing nerve gases.

If our scientists succeed in copying Sarin, I believe we should launch a limited attack with our gas as soon as possible.

Soman is exponentially more toxic than Sarin, and far more persistent.

I know for a fact that the Germans already possess massive stockpiles of Tabun, and probably Sarin as well.

My point is that the British team at Porton has probably developed a facsimile of Sarin that has one or more of those flaws.

An exact chemical copy of German Sarin would be greeted with extreme suspicion.

To gamble that whatever problems exist with the British Sarin, the stuff will kill.

British Sarin works or not, it will be gone on the wind in a few hours.

But given what I know now, I believe this mission-or one like it-is probably the only chance of stopping the Nazis from using Sarin and Soman.

Thirty yards, twenty-had the British Sarin killed even a single SS man?