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nitromethane

[nahy-truh-meth-eyn] /ˌnaɪ trəˈmɛθ eɪn/
noun, Chemistry
1.
a colorless, oily, slightly water-soluble, poisonous liquid, CH 3 NO 2 , used chiefly as a solvent, rocket fuel, and gasoline additive and in organic synthesis.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75; nitro- + methane
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nitromethane

/ˌnaɪtrəʊˈmiːθeɪn/
noun
1.
an oily colourless liquid obtained from methane and used as a solvent and rocket fuel and in the manufacture of synthetic resins. Formula: CH3NO2
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