tabun (täˈbən) [key], liquid chemical compound used as a nerve gas. It boils at 240°C with some decomposition. The liquid is colorless to brownish; its vapors have a fruity odor similar to that of bitter almonds. The liquid is absorbed through the skin, but the vapor is not. Although tabun is destroyed by its reaction with bleaching powder, the poisonous gas cyanogen chloride is produced. Chemically, tabun is cyanodimethylaminoethoxyphosphine oxide.

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

More on tabun from Fact Monster:

  • soman - soman soman, colorless liquid used as a nerve gas. It boils at 167°C, evolving an odorless ...
  • nerve gas - nerve gas nerve gas, any of several poison gases intended for military use, e.g., tabun, sarin, ...
  • sarin - sarin sarin , volatile liquid used as a nerve gas. It boils at 147°C but evaporates quickly at ...
  • Mongolia, country, Asia: Land and People - Land and People A high country, Mongolia has an average elevation exceeding 5,100 ft (1,554 m); the ...
  • Encyclopedia: Organic Chemistry - Encyclopeadia articles concerning Organic Chemistry.

See more Encyclopedia articles on: Organic Chemistry

Play Hangman

Play Poptropica

Play Quizzes

Play Tic Tac Toe