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Etymology 1 n. (context organic compound English) An extremely toxic nerve agent; a clear, tasteless liquid, molecular formula C5H11N2O2P. Etymology 2

n. A clay oven, shaped like a truncated cone, with an opening at the bottom from which to stoke the fire.


n. 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 [syn: GA]

Tabun (nerve agent)

Tabun or GA is an extremely toxic chemical substance. It is a clear, colorless, and tasteless liquid with a faint fruity odor. It is classified as a nerve agent because it fatally interferes with normal functioning of the mammalian nervous system. Its production is strictly controlled and stockpiling outlawed by the Chemical Weapons Convention of 1993. Tabun is the first of the G-series nerve agents along with GB ( sarin), GD ( soman) and GF ( cyclosarin).

Although pure tabun is clear, less-pure tabun may be brown. It is a volatile chemical, although less so than either sarin or soman.

Tabun can be destroyed with bleaching powder, though the poisonous gas cyanogen chloride is produced.


Tabun may refer to:

  • Tabun Cave, a cave in Israel where remains of Neanderthal Man were found
  • Tabun oven, a clay oven used in the Middle East to make bread
  • Tabun (nerve agent), the first nerve agent chemical weapon to be discovered
  • Tabun-Khara-Obo crater, a meteor impact crater in Mongolia
  • Peter Tabuns, a Canadian politician and activist
  • A Russian and Polish word for "herd of horses" (especially a wild or uncontrolled one): see for example Budyonny (horse)
  • A Barangay of Angeles City in the Philippines
  • A Barangay of Mabalacat City in the Philippines

Usage examples of "tabun".

Vexxon against these men, for it had been Nazi-sponsored researchers who had synthesized the first nerve gas in 1936, an organophosphorous ester called tabun.

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

The Dutch turned them down, as ICI had, but they still bought two uncontrolled chemicals at that time: dimethylamine for making Tabun, and isopropanol for Sarin.