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Nerve agent: Lethal insecticides and chemical weapons that kill by acting as cholinesterase inhibitors, causing muscle contractions that do not release; they are usually organophosphates with the most poisonous containing fluorine [e]

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  • Acetylcholine [r]: A chemical transmitter in both the peripheral nervous system (PNS) and central nervous system (CNS) in many organisms including humans. [e]
  • Cholinesterase inhibitor [r]: Chemicals that block the action of the enzyme cholinesterase, which breaks down the neurotransmitter acetylcholine; continuous presence of acetylcholine causes continuous muscle contraction [e]
  • Chemical weapon [r]: A weapon that cause death or disease by means of chemical interaction with the metabolism of the victim, as opposed to causing injury through blast, thermal, or other effects not on a molecular level [e]
  • Insecticide [r]: A pesticide used against insects, in agriculture, medicine, industry and the household. [e]

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  • Chemical Weapons Convention [r]: Arms control treaty which prohibits the production, use and possession of chemical weapons and related assets. [e]
  • Dual-use [r]: Materials or equipment capable of being used either in civilian applications, or for military applications subject to counterproliferation controls, or for other sensitive uses such as the drug trade [e]