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A gas is one of the four fundamental states of matter. It can be characterized as a fluid of neutrally-charged atoms that have sufficient thermal (kinetic) energy to prevent intermolecular bonding. A gas has no fixed volume and therefore expands to fill its container.

Common examples of gases are the atmospheric nitrogen and oxygen, which are vital for the survival of most carbon-based lifeforms.

In 2267, while taking readings on Zefram Cochrane's friend, Leonard McCoy described it as "unstable, tenuous, like a collection of gases." (TOS: "Metamorphosis")

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